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Professor Shames Mom For Breastfeeding During Zoom Class, Internet Is Livid

As the coronavirus lockdown measures enter its eighth month, many parents have had to adjust to a new work-life balance. Working or studying from home while looking after your children isn't easy for anyone, and quite frankly, parents deserve a medal for keeping their families functioning during these difficult times. But it seems that some moms still can't catch a break, even in this 'new normal' way of living.

Marcella Mares, a California mom to a ten-month-old baby, was shamed by her professor for breastfeeding during an online class. She expressed her disappointment in a Facebook post, together with a picture showing her breastfeeding while studying (what a superhero!). Before the incident, her professor informed her and her fellow Fresno City College students that in order to receive credit for attending the class, they were required to keep their cameras and microphones on. Marcella emailed him, expressing that she was happy to do so but that she "Might need to turn them off to feed my daughter from time to time". Instead of her professor being understanding of her situation, he replied, "That's not what you should be doing during class. Do that on your own time."

After ignoring his shocking response, she opened the zoom class, where her professor announced, "I got this really weird email from a student stating she needed to do inappropriate things during lecture time. You guys need to understand that you have priorities now, and you need to put all those distractions aside or be creative when your child needs you and give your full attention in my class."

Of course, his response was utterly inappropriate, leaving Marcella feeling heartbroken and with no choice but to take the appropriate action against him and his clear discrimination. I can't imagine he is a parent himself, or he would have understood the kick-a** job this mother was doing by balancing parenthood with furthering her education. Breastfeeding is a natural and beautiful thing and not something that can be 'time-managed'.  When your baby is hungry, that's when you breastfeed and to be shamed into choosing between feeding your baby and getting an education is, quite frankly, shocking, especially in the current circumstances. Luckily, the internet jumped to Marcella's defense, leaving her hundreds of supportive comments. Check out her post and some of the responses below.

Mom shamed by professor for breastfeeding during online class | thumbnail included picture of mom breastfeeding Text - I didn't want to post this picture because I just wanted it for me but I just wanted to show that I CAN focus in class WHILE breastfeeding my child
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Vintage Photos Show Victorian Women Proudly Nursing Their Babies

In recent years, mothers have tried to break the wall of nursing publicly.  Sharing breastfeeding selfies and stories all over social media. Yet, they actually are not the first. 

If you scroll down, you'll see photos taken in America in the late 19th and early 20th century. What do they display? Proud new mothers breastfeeding their children in front of the camera. Let's not forget that cameras were no joke back in the day. It was not so easy to just snap a in the moment pic and up load it to social media. It was planned, it was posed and it sparked a fad Victorian mothers using the new technology to pose for portraits while nursing their newborns. 

While wealthy families in the UK and the rest of Europe hired wet nurses, American mothers at the time were proponents of the 'breast is best' approach, it seems. Breastfeeding was a trend that died out in the 1940s with the invention of formula, which doctors encouraged.


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Powerful Photo Series Features Moms Sharing The Awful Things People Have Said to Them While Breastfeeding in Public

Nicki Kaylor, a 25-year-old photographer from Seymour, Tennessee, and a mother of three, has created an epic photo series in which mothers breastfeeding their children while holding up signs containing phrases that have been said to them while breastfeeding in public. Nicki told Metro.co.uk that she put the series together in hopes of reducing the stigma against mother's breastfeeding when not at home.

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