A breastfeeding mom, who was shamed on Facebook by a man who took a picture of her nursing unknowingly, has received an overwhelming response after fighting back against his post.
Conner Kendall was breastfeeding her infant son at a T.G.I. Friday’s in Terre Haute, Indiana when a stranger snapped a photograph of her and then proceeded to post in on Facebook, criticizing her for nursing in public and asking other moms if it was appropriate or not.
“I went [sic] to know if this is appropriate or inappropriate as I’m trying to eat my Fridays, there are little kids around,” the caption of the photo read. “I understand feeding in public but could you at least cover your boob up? I need your input!”
After discovering the photo after one of her friends posted a screen-shot of the picture, Connor decided to lash back at the man, who has not been identified, in a lengthy Facebook post.
“Another member in there was friends with him on Facebook and had saw what he posted,” Kendall said. “She screenshotted his post and posted it on our group page saying, ‘How could someone post this… so disrespectful to take a picture.’ I saw the picture on the group page later that day as I was scrolling through and noticed it was at T.G.I. Fridays and looking closer, I realized it was me!”
“He snapped the photo and then put it up on social media (Facebook and Instagram), many of the comments that followed were nothing less than harassing and shameful to, not only me, but every past, present, and future nursing mother,” Kendall wrote.
She then wrote a letter directly addressing the man.
“While I in no way, shape, or form owe you any explanation I would like to clarify a few things,” she wrote in her letter. “I did nothing wrong, I turned away to latch my son and pulled my shirt back up when he was finished out of respect for others in the restaurant.”
“Know this, I will not tolerate any sort of action like this again. If you post the picture of my child and me ever again I will seek legal action. I will publicly shame you as you have shamed me. I will be supported by a multitude of other moms, dads and advocates of breastfeeding. We will be heard.”
“I strongly encourage you to educate yourself as well as your daughter about breastfeeding. Breasts are meant to be used to feed our young. It is society that has sexualizes them. Children do not sexualize breasts until they are taught to do so. I pray that if in the future your daughter chooses to breastfeed that she is not shamed and does not have her picture plastered all over social media.”
She finished the letter by saying, “Sincerely, The AMAZING mommy you photographed nursing her beautiful child.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, the man did take the picture down, but never publicly apologized.
Since then, Connor has received an outpouring of support for her breastfeeding picture.
“I never dreamed it would reach so many people,” Kendall told People Magazine. “I used to go to school in Indianapolis and I have some friends in Evansville, so I thought if they saw it that would cover half of Indiana and I thought that was fantastic.”
Connor said the incident has inspired her “into a call of action.” She hopes to educate and encourage people about breastfeeding.
[Photos via Facebook/Conner Kendall]