Amy McGlade, a midwife from Adelaide, Australia, is working hard to end the stigma around breastfeeding.
The 35-year-old is known as ‘the breastmilk queen’ on social media, where she has been sharing photos of her breastfeeding journey with her four kids for the last six years.
Amy has amassed more than 50,000 followers on Instagram who often look to her for advice and support.
However with the kind words, also come the nasty and the mum, who still breastfeeds her toddler Scarlett is no stranger when it comes to comments from trolls.
She recently opened up about the comments and the impact they have on her.
Speaking to Kidspot.com.au she explained how by sharing parts of her life online, it feels like she is “inviting people into her home”.
She 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.”
A lot of people criticise her for breastfeeding her children beyond 12 months, calling her daughter names like “fat c***” and “hippo” and saying they are “disgusting” for doing this.
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.”
But surprisingly it’s not only trolls who can’t deal with the photos, other mums often share criticism as they don’t understand why she posts what she does – which she finds even more upsetting.
The mum added that everyone who breastfeeds should be “proud” of what they are doing and “embrace it”.
“It is the only way breastfeeding will be recognised as not just normal, but pretty cool. Breastfeeding needs to be seen to be understood. If we don’t see it, we are never going to understand it.”
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