Conner Kendall Was Disgusted to Find that a Stranger Had Taken a Picture of Her Breastfeeding and Publicly Shamed Her Online for Feeding Her Child
One Indiana mother inadvertently ended up at the center of a nationwide debate when a stranger took a photo of her breastfeeding in public without her knowledge and posted it to his social media account – and she has more than a few choice words for him.
Conner Kendall was having a simple lunch at her local T.G.I. Fridays with her 4-year-old son last week when low-and-behold her baby became hungry (right on schedule!), so Kendall began breastfeeding her child right at the table. Another patron of the restaurant dining with his daughter was so off-put by the scene, that he took a candid photo of the mother and her child and posted it to his social media account with a few questions regarding the appropriateness of the act.
“Ok moms out there… I know when a baby is Hungry they need to feed. I want to know if this is appropriate or inappropriate as I’m trying to eat my Fridays, there are little kids around… I understand feeding in public but could you at least cover your boob up?! Your input is needed!”
According to The Daily Mail, the post quickly went viral in the mommy-blogger world and it didn’t take long until Conner saw herself and her son sitting at the center of a public debate. She took a screenshot of the post and scripted a furious defense for her right to feed her child “whenever, wherever, and however” she sees fit.
Kendall’s lengthy, logical, emotionally charged response to the man’s photograph breaks down the issues and questions associated with breastfeeding that an outsider might ask and answers them in a very personal way that any mother (or anyone else, for that matter) could empathize with.
“It is not the fact that the picture was taken, or even that it was put on social media that bothers me. If he wanted a picture he should have just asked, I would have gladly smiled:) It is the fact that it was done so in a way that aimed at shaming my child and I, as well as every other nursing mother, for taking care of my baby. Let’s show everyone that we will not stand for being put down, shamed, and harassed for simply fulfilling our children’s most basic need.”
Soon after the man knew he’d stepped in (very) hot water, he removed the post and issued a private apology which Kendall described as “very short and, what seemed to [her], a very insincere apology.” His excuse? He was “trying to educate himself” with the post. Kendall has also threatened legal action against the man if he should come near her or her son ever again.
Kendall has received an overwhelming amount of support from men and women in the online community, and the story has continued to highlight the hot-button topic of public breastfeeding.
— Kayla Wilhoite (@EDubJrsWife) June 1, 2015
— Michael (@KingNisch) May 31, 2015
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Kendall calls for an end to the stigmatization of breastfeeding, and somehow she’s found herself at the forefront of the fight to normalize breastfeeding in our society.
This story comes only a little over a week when a group of angry mothers hosted a ‘nurse-in’ at the Today Show after the hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford came under fire for shaming mothers who post their own breastfeeding photos onto their social media accounts.
When Conner Kendall decided to nurse her baby at the local T.G.I. Fridays – she never expected this to happen!