A young mother has shared some of the abuse that has been targeted at her young children after she shared photographs of herself breastfeeding them.
Amy McGlade is a proud mum-of-four and has been sharing her breastfeeding experiences online for the past six years, writes the Mirror Online.
The 35-year-old posts under the epithet The Breast Milk Queen on social media, and has been breaking down boundaries to help normalise breastfeeding in public – building up a fanbase of over 51,000 followers on Instagram in the process.
However, the Australian mother has had to endure unkind comments from some who object to her breastfeeding her own children.
Opening up to Kidspot.com.au, Amy said: "I am inviting people into my home, I am sharing my children, my family and my life and I would hope you’d be kind. But name calling and attacking my children isn’t alright.
"[Trolls] have so much time for hate, and I just delete and block them but they keep coming."
She continued: "They say your kid is a fat little c*** that depends on you. Or that I am messing them up psychologically. They think I am damaging my kids."
"Everyone is OK with you breastfeeding a tiny baby, but as that baby grows older people expect that baby to be moved on to cow’s milk or a bottle.
“They don’t expect a baby with teeth, talking or walking to be breastfeeding. They expect you to stop.
"Breastfeeding a toddler is confronting to some people, they are not used to seeing it."
Sharing some of the abusive messages she has had DM’d to her, Amy doubled down on the importance of having the courage to breastfeed in public, defend women’s rights, and confront trolls.
Sharing a gallery of screenshots, she wrote: “Turning my haters into my motivators.
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Turning my haters into my motivators\uD83D\uDC49\uD83C\uDFFB Swipe to see what \uD83D\uDCA9 people send me!!! THIS is why I created The Breastfeeders Club, because in 2020 we are still defending our rights to breastfeed without opinion. Not your breast, not your baby! Link to join in my bio ✊\uD83C\uDFFF✊\uD83C\uDFFE✊\uD83C\uDFFD✊\uD83C\uDFFC✊\uD83C\uDFFB We are stronger together! #breastfeedingfriendly #breastmilkjewelry #breastfeedinginpublic #thebreastmilkqueen #thebreastfeedersclub
“THIS is why I created The Breastfeeders Club, because in 2020 we are still defending our rights to breastfeed without opinion. Not your breast, not your baby!”
The mum-of-four has been supported by many of her fans online, with one writing: “Hating on an adult is one thing, but on a poor sweet little child! SHAME ON THEM for being so hateful.”
While another fan wrote: “These comments are disgusting! Keep doing what you're doing mumma.”