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Photo of woman breastfeeding goes viral, reignites never-ending debate

By WITW Staff on May 20, 2016

An image of a mother breastfeeding at a wedding in Germany that went viral has prompted yet another international discussion on the propriety of breastfeeding in public. Naomi Jael Covert, a 21-year-old German woman who’s married to a U.S. Army serviceman, was in her home country to attend her best friend’s wedding when she posted a photo of herself breastfeeding her 10-month-old son at the event. The photo was shared by empoweredbirthproject — an Instagram account centered around empowering images of motherhood — and was soon liked over 13,000 times with over 600 comments, both positive and negative.


“I read the comments and I was like, ‘Oh wow’ because people were so rude,” said Covert. “It kind of hurt. I had heard before that it’s frowned upon in America and [women] get treated mean or maybe even thrown out of restaurants, but I often thought it was made up.” No-one at the wedding itself had a problem with her breastfeeding — the other guests treated it as “normal,” Covert said.

“It’s like you’re eating a snack right now or you’re drinking your coffee,” Covert explained. “I’m not doing anything wrong.”

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