There’s always someone ready to tell breastfeeding moms to “be more discreet” when they’re in public — it’s almost not even shocking when it happens anymore. But in your own car? Can you imagine being harassed for expressing milk in your own car?
That’s what happened to Telaine Smith, an Australian mother who was left speechless when a woman appeared out of nowhere to scold her for expressing milk in her own car. She was in a carpark in a car with tinted windows when a man and woman walked by her window The man kept walking, but the woman approached the car and yelled, “Put your f**king tits away!”
Okay, crazy lady.
Smith didn’t have to say a word, because her six-year-old son Dallas stood up for her. “He told her ‘if you don’t like it, you don’t need to look,'” Smith told the Fraser Coast Chronicle. “I’m very proud of my six-year-old.” Who yells profanities in front of a six-year-old, anyway?
Smith says she feels like she can’t win. She’s felt judged by other moms for feeding her son from a bottle in nursing rooms, and felt judged by the public for pumping. Her son was born tongue tied and has trouble latching. She should follow her son’s lead. He seems to have the answer for busybodies of all types — if you don’t like it, don’t look.
There just doesn’t seem to be an end to the stories about women being shamed for simply feeding their kids. When I write these stories I feel like I’m in some kind of bizarro mom version of Groundhog’s Day. It’s a shame Smith had to be harassed like that, but pretty awesome for her to experience her six-year-old standing up for her in such a mature way. Kudos, mom. With a kid like that, you’re clearly doing a hell of a job.