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Mum Is Praised For Sharing Relatable Snap Of Her Breastfeeding Son On Shop Floor

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Mum Is Praised For Sharing Relatable Snap Of Her Breastfeeding Son On Shop Floor

A mum has been praised after sharing a photo of her breastfeeding her son on a shop floor.

Sarah Mills, 34, from Australia, said she had popped into the department store with with her children Hendrix, 11, Monroe, eight and Morrison, four, to buy some new shoes.

But when her youngest began getting upset, Sarah sat on the ground and began cuddling little Morrison, to try and calm him down.

Sarah explained how Morrison became hungry, so she decided to breastfeed him. Many shoppers offered sympathetic smiles, but unfortunately, Sarah was also met with stares from passers by.

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Sarah explained how Morrison became hungry, so she decided to breastfeed him (Caters News)
Sarah explained how Morrison became hungry, so she decided to breastfeed him (Caters News)

"We'd had a busy day home schooling and trying to run errands. I popped in to target to get Monroe a pair of shoes," said Sarah.

"Morrison was quite exhausted and overwhelmed after being out most of the day. He decided he wanted a new outfit.

"I told him he couldn't have it. Four-year-olds have big emotions and that was his breaking point, so he had a huge meltdown. I tried to distract and hug him through it but he wanted none of it.

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"I could see he just needed some comfort by that stage so I got down to his level and let him snuggle in for a cuddle.

Unfortunately, although many offered sympathetic smiles, Sarah was met with stares from other shoppers (Credit: Caters News)
Unfortunately, although many offered sympathetic smiles, Sarah was met with stares from other shoppers (Credit: Caters News)

"When he'd calmed down he wanted to nurse. He only feeds now to go to sleep, when he wakes or when he's really overwhelmed and tired

"I had a mix of stares. There were some sympathetic smiles from the mums that get it. And of course there's always the ones who seem to think they can parent much better and look at you like they've never had to deal with a possessed toddler."

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Sarah explained how her daughter Monroe had decided to snap an image, which Sarah shared on her blog, Amongst the Stars, to show the realities of motherhood.

Sarah shared the image on her blog to show the realities of motherhood (Credit: Caters News)
Sarah shared the image on her blog to show the realities of motherhood (Credit: Caters News)

"Monroe decided to snap a picture as she thought it was really funny. I had done the exact same thing about 12 months before in a Target store, so there must be something about this time of year!" She said.

But sadly, Sarah was met with vicious comments from people who said Morrison was 'too old' to still be breastfeeding - while other parents praised her for sharing the relatable snap.

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"There were a couple of ignorant comments telling me I'm an idiot or implying Morrison is too old," Sarah added.

Sarah was met with vicious comments from people who said Morrison was 'too old' (Credit: Caters News)
Sarah was met with vicious comments from people who said Morrison was 'too old' (Credit: Caters News)

"Over the years I have researched the benefits of full term breastfeeding and knew that I wanted to give my kids the best start possible.

"It's not only strengthened our bond but I can see the health benefits that have been achieved for Morrison.

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"More mums do it than many realise but feel embarrassed because of the judgement and stigma attached to the most natural thing on earth."

Featured Image Credit: Caters News

Topics: Breastfeeding, Life News, Parenting

Lucy Devine
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