People got so upset about the photo of Rebecca Dunbar breastfeeding her infant on Santa’s lap that they forgot some important facts. Dunbar irritated many with her “publicity stunt” and for promoting the notion that the natural act of breastfeeding should be more widely accepted in public. She follows a long line of women who’ve posed in natural breastfeeding positions and posted the photos on social media, including pop stars like Gwen Stefani. But the comments Dunbar received were mean-spirited, with cries of exhibitionism and worse.
Dunbar says she’d still take the photo, but wouldn’t share it on social media. The baby got hungry just as they were next in line and she just did what came natural, she said. Dunbar has since made her Facebook profile private to avoid the trolls. Not everybody flamed or trolled the happy mom — one male defender asked would “you prefer she puts on a burqua and hides in a dirty bathroom stall?” Lost in all this was the fact that the man in the photo is not really Santa Claus. It’s also not any sort of sacred ritual being defiled, this act of posing with Santa in a mall for money. It’s not like Dunbar is breastfeeding in a manger or anything — wait, that makes sense…
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— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) December 18, 2015