Game of Thrones actress Gemma Whelan's Instagram photo praised for breastfeeding in character

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Gemma Whelman (Instagram)
Gemma Whelman (Instagram)

A mother breastfeeding her baby in public is normal, right? No, it seems, as many women are still shamed for the simple act of feeding their baby when out and about.

If you're often on social media you might recently have seen pictures of buildings with inflatable breasts on their rooftops, or your social media feeds flooded with breastfeeding mothers. This is because public breastfeeding is getting more awareness thanks to celebrities and campaigns like #FreeTheFeed destigmatising the act. 

#FreeTheFeed is a campaign run in the UK for public breastfeeding awareness by empowering women, and creating a safe space for moms' to breastfeed. 


Do you think South Africa needs a campaign like #FreeTheFeed to promote public breastfeeding awareness?

Do you think public spaces and working spaces are comfortable for breastfeeding mothers to feed their children without being shamed? 

Share your story with us, and we could publish your letter. Anonymous comments are welcome.



Also see: Wimpy responds to breastfeeding shaming incident

In a drive to normalise breastfeeding, many mothers are going to social media to share photos of themselves breastfeeding at work and in public spaces, and celebrities are joining in too.

Game of Thrones actress Gemma Whelan, who plays Yara Greyjoy, recently shared an intimate moment on set.

She posted this picture of herself breastfeeding her daughter, between scenes, and still in costume, proving that she is as bad-ass at motherhood as she is at fighting White Walkers.


Also see: Rachel McAdams makes the breast pump “happen”

Commenting on the photo, the official handle of HBO channel wrote "aggressive fighter, loving mother." Other social media users joined in to share how relatable her photo is.

"Proud of you mama. Nothing like nursing sessions between battle scenes, I'm sure," one fan wrote, while another commented, "Great to see fellow Boobing mammas continuing with working life and feeding". 

Chat back:

Do you think South African public spaces and working spaces are comfortable for breastfeeding mothers to breastfeed without being shamed? Share your story with us, and we could publish your mail. Do let us know if you would like to remain anonymous.

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