Candice Swanepoel speaks out after being shamed for breastfeeding

Candice Swanepoel has hit back at critics who judge her parenting choices.

The Victoria's Secret model and her fiance Hermann Nicoli welcomed their first child together in October, a son named Anaca. 

Now, Swanepoel has penned a statement on her Instagram page, sharing a black and white photo of herself breastfeeding her baby while slamming those who shame mothers for feeding in public. 

"Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children," she wrote. "I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places."

The South African mum went on to address what she sees as a double standard, in that people have taken issue with her breastfeeding her son, yet have no problem with her posing for topless pictures that are "done in the name of art". 

Swanepoel adds that she feels people have become "desensitised" to the "sexualisation" of the breast, ultimately calling on her critics to educate themselves about the issue.

"Breastfeeding is not sexual it's natural - Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits breastfeeding has on mother and child and in (turn) on society as a whole," she stated. 

Swanepoel, 28, is the latest star to advocate for the normalisation of breastfeeding. She joins an army of other celebrities who support the practice, including her fellow Victoria's Secret models Doutzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr, as well as model Nicole Trunfio, who made headlines last summer when she was pictured breastfeeding her infant son on the cover of Elle Australia.

 

2 months of pure joy with my little love.💙 👪

A photo posted by Candice Swanepoel (@angelcandices) on

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