"Why is she STILL feeding? Doesn't she know there's no nutritional value in breast milk after 12 months?"
"I'm fine with public breastfeeding, but surely mums can show a bit of modesty and discretion?"
"You're distracting my husband. Why can't you use a cover?"
If you're a breastfeeding mother, chances are you've heard a few of these ridiculous expressions - and countless others. That's exactly why this photo, posted by Cincinnato Zoo & Botanical Garden, of a mama rhino, Seyia, breastfeeding her 14-month-old toddler, Kendi, is a master class in the shaming nursing mothers often face - and a freaking hilarious one at that.
"Kendi will still nurse every now and then when Seyia will allow it," the caption reads.
Now, as a quick aside - after a 15-month gestation period (yep, you thought nine months was bad), rhinos typically start suckling milk from their mum within a few hours of birth. They breastfeed exclusively for about week or two before moving onto solids (AKA grass). Most rhinos then continue to feed until bub is about 18 months old.
Seyia and Kendi, therefore, are in the later stages of their breastfeeding journey. As you can see from the photo, Seyia, who is feeding while STANDING UP, has a "I'm so done with today, is it wine time?" look on her face. It's probably witching hour, Kendi's likely being whining for hours and she probably hasn't showered in days. WE FEEL YOU SEYIA.
The photo also shows, however, that the fed-up mama had the audacity to feed her son in public, uncovered, in full view of zoo patrons. And commenters on popular Aussie blogger The Milk Meg's Facebook page weren't having it.