Mom blogger, Tabitha, has breastfed her children for a total of six years.
And up until recently, the Queensland mom never felt embarrassed by her ability to feed her child.
That was until she was confronted by a stranger while she was breastfeeding one of her children in a public place.
She wrote about her experience with the woman who challenged her to cover up on Facebook:
6 years iv been breastfeeding , and meeting my children’s needs
6 years with such confidance and free of negativity
6 years not a moment did I ever pause to think , that nursing in public was offensive , indecent or even erotic
6 years passed me by without cloaking in shame , but instead I enjoyed each moment that nursing gave !
6 years I embrace , being out and about . Without apprehension , without one single doubt
Tabitha went on to write about the moment she came face to face with the stranger who made her feel wrong for feeding her children in public:
6 years : a poem by myself after an confronting incident I had today Breastfeeding in public 😢6 years iv been…
But today in my arms as he snuggled in tight .
Looking into each other’s eyes and both filled with delight
As I stroked his sweet hair , as he played with my face
In our own nursing bubble where we’ve always felt safe
Came a tap on the shoulder , followed by a glare , with a barade of words that seemed awelfully unfair .
I was made to feel bad , and even ashamed
If I don’t cover up , I could just go away
As I stood up for myself and stated the law , the attack heated up, she continued on more
Not once did she consider the damage to my son , who was trying to feed while he whitnessed this onslaught of ofence to him mum!
The mom wrote that after six years of being without “fear” or “judgment,” she longs to have that feeling back now:
In a moment of courage to protect my sweet babe
I stood and I ran to a place far away
Shaken and stired came an onrush of tears
How blessed was I to have had 6 precious years
6 years without fear of what others may think
6 years without judgment , without feeling accused of enticeing a man oversexualising boobs
6 years that I had , that I long to have back
She concluded, “Because now I’m left feeling unsure of myself.”