Graduating Mom Shares Breastfeeding Photo, Internet Trolls Forget To Shame Her

An image of a woman breastfeeding her child in a cap and gown has gone viral. We’ve seen what happens in an internet space when a photo of a mom breastfeeding is shared; it usually involves a lot of dudes complaining that they can’t pee in public and a lot of women insisting they were able to breastfeed without showing any boob at all. For once, that didn’t happen. An overwhelming majority of the comments are positive and encouraging. Is Mercury finally out of retrograde? Are pigs flying? What is going on?


From the University of the Sunshine Coast Facebook page:

Something that had to be shared (and yes we got permission don’t worry)

From her recent graduation, this amazing photo and message was sent to us by inspiring mum Jacci Sharkey:

“Just wanted to share a photo from the most recent graduation that I am proud of. I’m extremely proud that with the support of the Uni, during my degree I was able to have 2 babies and still finish my degree. Thanks USC!”


I was fully prepared for the usual barrage of comments shaming this mother for feeding her child in public. And then I found myself scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. Apart from a few dumb comments, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. I’m impressed. And there were a ton of men sticking up for her right to breastfeed and commending her for doing so:



breastfeeding-facebook-commentsScreen Shot 2014-11-04 at 7.05.57 AMbreastfeeding-facebook-commentsOkay, I’m impressed. We seem to be evolving a little. And it wasn’t just the school’s Facebook page that had a huge amount of positive commentary – it was many, many news stories that covered the photo, too. Maybe we are finally turning a corner.

Of course there’s this guy:

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But, for once, the idiot is in the minority.

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