A New Yorker who believes wholeheartedly in the benefits of breast milk has been branded “disgusting” and a “man-stealer” for breastfeeding her 2-year-old child in public.
The Mirror reports that 39-year-old Reka Nyari is sick of the judgmental manner of other women, simply because she refuses to feed her daughter formula and is a firm advocate of mother’s milk, whatever the time and whatever the place.
Most recently Reka has complained how she was “degraded” by a fellow female when flying from New York to Budapest.
“Possibly the most obnoxious person was a woman who was sitting in front of us with her boyfriend on a plane from New York City to Budapest, Hungary.
“She called me ‘disgusting’ followed by a litany of degrading swear words. Apparently she thought I was trying to steal her man by quietly breastfeeding my baby during the landing of the plane.
“Breastfeeding is natural, and our breasts were made for feeding our babies. Associating breastfeeding with sex or perversion is disturbing.”
Reka, who originally hails from Finland said, “It has been irritating how judgmental people can be about women who breastfeed, and how sexualized the breast and nipple have become.”
Reka has been breastfeeding her daughter since she was born in November 2015. The proud mom refuses to bow down to the haters. She has posted snaps to her 30,000 Instagram followers of herself posing naked whilst feeding her daughter.
She views such pictures as a way of sticking two fingers up to the critics and educating her social media fan base about the benefits of lactation.
“Now that my daughter is thirty-four-months-old, I get judged and criticised a lot. Friends and family roll their eyes, give unapproving stares, and tell me that I should quit.
Reka believes it is vital that as a society we normalize breastfeeding and extended breastfeeding. She has spoken out about her sorrow when she reads about the sheer number of mothers who feel it is somehow “wrong” to continue breastfeeding after the end of the first year. She is adamant that women who continue to feed their children after the first 365 days should not be made to feel ashamed or judged.
Reka is convinced if more women speak openly about breast-feeding then it will become more and more acceptable as people earn learn to drop their socially-constructed prejudices and accept that breast-feeding is the most natural thing in the world.
“We should also stop the negative cycle of constantly criticising and judging women’s bodies and the decisions they make regarding their bodies.
“Choosing to breastfeed, or not to breastfeed, is an individual choice. These are my breasts, hear them roar.”