Breastfeeding graduate picture sparks #normalizebreastfeeding campaign

A US student has sparked a Twitter campaign to normalise breastfeeding, after a picture of her feeding her child at her graduation ceremony went viral.

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by Ellie Hooper |
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Karlesha Thurman, 25, received masses of abuse after posting a picture of herself feeding three-month-old daughter Aaliyah at her graduation in California.

The full picture

The student posted the photo to the Facebook page 'Black Women Do Breastfeed', who then decided to share the photo with the caption: 'Congratulations, mama!!!! Giving her daughter more gifts than one! Isn't this beautiful?! #normalizebreastfeeding.'

But after being picked up on Twitter, some users responded furiously to the snap, with one writing: 'I do not care how natural breast feeding is, a college graduation is not the place…decorum, people.'

However others were quick to jump to Karlesha's defence, tweeting their own breastfeeding pictures in response with the hashtag #normalizebreastfeeding.

One Twitter user poses an interesting question

Sandy Stranger tweeted: 'Okay weirdos. I nurse my kids on a couch, on a bus, at your graduation, on the internet, etc. #normalizebreastfeeding.'

Another user, Ashley Young wrote: 'I always nurse sans cover. Nursing in public is essential in order to #normalizebreastfeeding.'

Karlesha has now removed the photo from the site, adding that she 'honestly thought that as a society, people were more understanding to breastfeeding and understood the important of breastfeeding.'

What do you think about this issue? Do you think women should be able to nurse their children anywhere, anytime? Or is there a right place and time for this? Tell us your thoughts.

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