Breastfeeding mum on MRT hits back: 'My baby comes first, I don't care what others think'

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A photo of a mother breastfeeding on an MRT train while in full view of the public recently went viral, with some showing their support for her while others expressed criticism.

The picture, which Stomper Chris alerted us to, has been circulating on WhatsApp and on local forums, sparking a heated debate.

It shows the woman, identified as Cheryl Lee, seated beside her husband with one side of her top pulled down and her left breast exposed, as her young daughter feeds.

Some netizens felt that the image was provocative and said that even if her child was hungry, the mother should have at least made an attempt to cover up more.

Others, however, said that she did nothing wrong as breastfeeding is a mother's right.

According to The Straits Times, Ms Lee did not know that someone had taken her photo and only realised that it had been posted online when one of her friends told her.

The mother of three said she was on her way home after a gown and clothes fitting for the Mrs Singapore pageant when the incident occurred.

Although initially "a little upset", Ms Lee said "at least the response has been positive so far".

She also responded to the incident on Facebook, explaining her stance on the matter.

In a public post accompanied by another picture of her breastfeeding her kid, she wrote:

"I know that a picture of me breastfeeding is being shared right now. I am ok with it. Thanks for the concern to all those who have pmed me. Personally, I am not too bothered about it since I don't think it is wrong to breastfeed in public.

"I have a nursing cover, but my girl will cry and struggle when I use it. Those who suggest using a cover should try eating or drinking under a cover and see if you like it or not.

"I put my baby first so as long as she is comfortable and feeding well, I don't really care what others think. It isn't that hard to just look away if you don't like to see a baby drinking milk.

"I just want to dress up and be a normal woman while still being able to take care of my kids and their needs. If people are ok with women who show cleavage, I don't know why they would not be ok with me breastfeeding. Unless these group of people think my breast is for sex and not for feeding my baby.

"Anyway, it's just a breast. We all have it. Be it female or male. It's meant to be used to feed a baby, I don't see anything wrong with using it to feed a baby and ensuring my baby is comfortable. What's so sexual/wrong about it? Hahas! Maybe girls should stop eating bananas/popsicle in public as some might find it sexual too."

Ms Lee's post has been met with positivity from netizens, many of whom said they were proud of her and would stand with her.

One user commented, "I've seen the picture and I actually beamed with pride when I saw it. You are as awesome as awesome can be. We should be able to feed in public without any stigma and without people staring like perverts."

What are your thoughts on the matter? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Note:

A certain website has erroneously reported that the mother in the photo, Ms Cheryl Lee, was 'Stomped' for breastfeeding on an MRT train and later responded to the Stomp article on Facebook.

Stomp would like to clarify that this is untrue.

The picture was first circulated on social media and local forums, before the Stomp posting was published.

Stomp only reported on the incident and highlighted comments from both sides of the spectrum when Ms Lee posted a public response to the photo, which had been garnering attention online.

Beware of fake news, everyone!