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.
That's right mama, you feed that baby wherever and whenever he needs to eat. Show 'em how it's done 👊🏼 #Repost @mrsz.covert ・・・ When you are at a wedding, wear fancy dresses and high heels.🙆🏽💃🏽 and your baby gets hungry, well… You give no shits and feed the kid 😁💁🏽 #breastfeeding #momlife #normalizebreastfeeding #fedisbest #lessjudgementmorelove #empoweredbirthproject @fed_is_best
“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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