A young mum has clapped back at bullies who claimed her nine-month-old son was too old to be breast fed.
Leah-Marie Britton proudly shared video of herself breastfeeding her son, Luca James, online.
The mum did this as a show of solidarity with the “Normalize Breastfeeding Movement”.
Leah-Marie, 21, lives in Queensland, Australia with her Birmingham born partner, Jordan Ashley, 26.
She said that she loves the bond she’s formed with her little one through the breastfeeding process.
However, the stunning mum was shocked after being sent cruel comments from strangers.
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One person said that her baby boy was “too old” to be breastfed and should be bottle fed instead.
Another inappropriate remark said that the breastfeeding movement was about men “looking at some t*tty.”
Now, Leah-Marie is speaking out against negative attitudes towards breastfeeding.
She said: “I have gotten foul looks when feeding in public, especially the older he gets, and online, people are even worse as they have a screen to hide behind.
“After posting a beautiful video feeding my son, someone said ‘Tad too old to be breastfeeding don’t you think, why not just give him a bottle?’
“And then I received a comment from another person saying, ‘I think it would just be some blokes looking at some t*tty, why post a video of something like that in the first place?”
She continued: “Since posting these remarks online I have received hundreds of messages from other mothers who have experienced similar incidents when breastfeeding.
“Many women commented saying they have been told to feed their baby in the toilets or they need to cover up, or that baby is old to be breastfeeding.
“Some even said they gave up breastfeeding due to such incidents, which I feel is so unfair on both mother and baby.”
Leah-Marie was angry that people would comment on a woman feeding her child and says that mums “shouldn’t be afraid to feed their baby whenever and wherever they need, just because some uneducated individuals disagree.”
The mum claims she’s now been inundated with messages of support online.
And, she’s continuing to post about breastfeeding online in an attempt to lessen the stigma and normalise the activity.
Leah-Marie said: “The breastfeeding journey for me has definitely been difficult to say the least but is extremely rewarding.
“As for any new mother it can be quite difficult from trying to learn about correct latching and constantly wondering if your little one is getting enough milk.
“You’re also learning to be comfortable with breastfeeding especially in front of people and feeding in public is also very difficult.”
The mum experienced difficulties with feeding from cracked nipples to mastitis.
Leah-Marie says she’s proud that she has managed to feed her son for nine months – and she’ll continue until he is ready to wean.
The mum added: “I have since used my platform to try and post more regularly and normalise breastfeeding, as it is something I am very passionate about.
“Breastfeeding has created a beautiful bond between me and my son and despite all the difficulties we have faced I wouldn’t change it for the world.”