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Photo of graduate breast feeding goes viral

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A college graduate's picture with part of her breast exposed is causing a firestorm online. However, she's not dressed lewdly - she's feeding her newborn baby.

The picture quickly went viral after it was posted online, and people have strong opinions. Some find it inappropriate.

"I don't think she should do it in public," one man said. "It doesn't look nice."

Others found it perfectly normal.

"There are far more offensive things than a natural breast feeding," another man said.

Mother of four Brenda Benson said she supports breast feeding in public, but thinks the graduate should have covered up.

"If she had the maternity wear where you can wrap it across you and then breast feed, that would have been perfect," Benson said."

Some health officials in Memphis are applauding the woman's decision.

"It didn't alarm me at all," Helen Scott with Le Bonheur said. "In fact, I was excited she was able to do that for her baby."

Scott also notes the many health benefits of breast feeding.

"It protects the baby against ear infections, respiratory infections, stomach bugs, and mothers against breast cancer, ovarian cancer, diabetes and the list goes on."

Regardless of people's views on the matter, Tennessee law is clear. Women are allowed to breast feed wherever they choose.

However, public opinion remains divided.

"I don't think they should do it at all," a man said of breast feeding. "They've got milk bottles now."

Another countered, "It's a natural function. Actually, I think it's unnatural to mix up formula."

There are resources available for women who are breast feeding in Memphis. You can call the Tennessee Breast Feeding Hotline at 1-855-423-6667.


  • Can'tWinForLosing

    I am a breastfeeding mother myself. I personally pump my milk and bottle feed just because people act so weird about it when that’s what breasts are for! I can’t be away from my house long because I have to pump my milk and that’s a private thing for me too. Thankfully there are laws that protect breastfeeding mothers. If necessary I would go somewhere private because I don’t feel comfortable exposing my breasts in public thanks to the negativity surrounding something that is supposed to be a good thing.

  • sensible

    One of many yet to come, if there aren’t already a houseful. I bed she didn’t learn about household budgets in school.

  • Aha!

    The only thing I find offensive about this is the fact she (by looking at the picture) took her baby with her. I have never seen anyone carry a baby or other human unless it was a handicapped person with an assistant to the actual graduate area.

  • 122811

    Breastfeeding is a problem but women dressed half naked isn’t? GTFOH….Wlcome to the jungle more whites breastfeed than blacks dugh

    • TPA

      Doesn’t matter the color,,it is still wrong,,just more liberal thinking. BTW,,it’s spelled DUH.

  • Chris @ Memphis

    While, i think it’s perfectly natural and definitely healthier for the baby, i don’t believe your high school graduation is an appropriate place to do it, especially without maternity wear.

  • momtojsb

    Surely she could’ve pumped beforehand and had a bottle or two for the baby…the baby that should’ve been left with a relative, friend, etc for the actual ceremony. All this photo says to me is “I’m entitled, and I’m gonna do what I want and no one can stop me; plus I’m an attention monger so I’m gonna post this on a social media site”. Just another desperate person searching for their 15 minutes in the so-called spot light.

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