It seems that even in 2021, the debate on public breastfeeding is alive and well. This week, the topic erupted via social media when Victoria’s Secret model, Elsa Hosk, revealed men had private messaged her to criticise her breastfeeding. Hosk and her partner, Tom Daly, welcomed their first child, daughter Tuulikki Joan Daly in February.
Hosk posted an image to Instagram stories of herself breastfeeding accompanied by the perfect response.
“Find it interesting the amount of DMs I get from men who get offended when you post a photo breastfeeding…” the Swedish model wrote. “Like… why is the most natural thing so offending to you? Breasts literally excists [sic] so we can feed our children [red heart emoji].”
Further to the model’s stories, she posted a similar image to her wall captioned with, “Moms first day back on set and look who came along.”
For decades women have fought to de-sexualise the notion of breastfeeding. In 2016, fellow VS model Candice Swanepoel posted an image to social media in a similar fashion.
“Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children. I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I’ve done in the name of art..?”
She continued, “The world has been desensitised to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on tv…why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding? -Breastfeeding is not sexual it’s natural- Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits breastfeeding has on mother and child and intern on society as a whole. #mothernature.”
We stan these women.