Candice Swanepoel is tired of being shamed for breastfeeding her newborn son, Anaca, in public.
“I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I’ve done in the name of art,” expressed the South African supermodel in an accompanying photo that shows her breastfeeding her baby. Swanepoel welcomed her first child with fiance Hermann Nicoli in October.
“The world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on TV…why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding?” she continued. “Breastfeeding is not sexual it’s natural.”
Swanepoel is the latest model to normalize breastfeeding on Instagram. Model mamas Doutzen Kroes, Miranda Kerr, Gisele Bundchen and Natalia Vodianova have all posted about breastfeeding on the photo-sharing app.
Last year, Australian model Nicole Trunfio made headlines when she breastfed her son on Elle Australia’s subscriber edition cover and was met with backlash.
“I didn’t think it was going to be such a big deal. There’s nothing worse than, as a mother, doing something that’s so necessary like feeding your child and feeling like somebody could have an opinion about it or somebody’s looking at you the wrong way,” said Trunfio during her appearance on Good Morning America. “It’s a huge part of being a woman and motherhood.”