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Young Mom Photographed Herself Breastfeeding At Her Graduation, And The Internet Lost Its Mind

woman breastfeeding at graduation sparks controversy

It’s normal for breastfeeding in public to spark criticism from the collective internet, but when this California mother posted a photo breastfeeding at her graduation people lost their minds.

Karlesha Thurman recently graduated from California State University Long Beach and the 25-year-old mother is being shamed by the internet after she shared a photo of her breastfeeding her daughter during the ceremony on Facebook.

Thurman tells Buzzfeed that she is “shocked” that the photo has gotten “so much attention,” but photos like this are often the topic of controversy—especially when the conversation lives and breathes within the four virtual walls of what we know as the internet.

Just last week, a story about a woman breastfeeding at a Lafayette Chik-fil-A went viral and sparked controversy as to whether or not it was appropriate for her to publicly feed her fussy child without a cover.

Thurman isn’t letting her critics affect her mood and has received just as much support as judgment in the wake of her breastfeeding photo going viral. She states that her daughter is what helped motivate her through college and has no shame in sharing her proud moment with the world.

I found out I was pregnant my last year of college, had my daughter one week into my last semester, she was my motivation to keep going, so me receiving my BA was OUR moment, so glad I captured the moment and so glad you shared it with the world so thank you again.

Are people too judgmental when it comes to public breastfeeding, or do you believe this is something that should remain behind closed doors?

Head on over to Buzzfeed to see the full photo, but if your offended by seeing a little bit of nipple while a mother nurtures her child, you might freak out.

You’ve been warned.


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