When English actress, Thandie Newton’s posted a selfie of herself breastfeeding her two-year old son, Booker, she had no idea that it would spark outrage.
The 43-year old actress who is best known for her role in the Half of a Yellow Sun, accompanied the picture with a caption which read, “Perfect happiness @latitudefest,” she wrote. “This is what my body is made for. And the rest is my choice.”
Thandie also included the hashtag: “#Freedom”.
The proud mum took was at Latitude, an annual music festival that takes place in Henham Park, near Southwold, Suffolk, England.
The practice of breastfeeding babies in a public or semi-public place in open view of others remains a controversial subject in several parts of the world.
In many parts of the world including Australia, some parts of the United States, and Europe, along with some countries in Asia, women have an express legal right to nurse in public and in the workplace. However in a country like Saudi Arabia, women are forbidden to expose their breasts in public, even to breastfeed. In Nigeria, most mothers especially the enlightened ones, breastfeed their babies discreetly. So, fabmums, there you have it. Would you breastfeed your two-year old toddler in public?