Since the birth of her daughter Ilo, Reka Nyari has been breastfeeding the 34-month-old. But on a recent plane journey, a woman turned to the 39-year-old, from New York, and criticised her for feeding the youngster in public. In fact, the woman even suggested Reka was trying to pinch her man by exposing her breasts in public. And now in a bid to prove how normal and natural breastfeeding is, Reka has shared a series of naked snaps with her daughter.
She said: “It has been irritating how judgemental people can be about women who breastfeed, and how sexualised the breast and nipple have become. “Possibly the most obnoxious person was a woman who was sitting in front of us with her boyfriend on a plane from New York City to Budapest, Hungary. “She called me ‘disgusting’ followed by a litany of degrading swear words. Apparently she thought I was trying to steal her man by quietly breastfeeding my baby during the landing of the plane. “Breastfeeding is natural, and our breasts were made for feeding our babies. Associating breastfeeding with sex or perversion is disturbing.”
Reka – with more than 30,000 Instagram followers – added: “She usually has breastmilk in the mornings when we wake up, and if I am at home, at night when she goes to bed.
“If she is feeling sick, she may want to feed more often and during the day. I have always been a bit of a lactivist (breastfeeding activist). “I breastfeed everywhere my baby would want to be fed. It doesn’t happen that often anymore as my daughter is older, but when she was a baby, I would do it everywhere; restaurants, shops, meetings, streets, the subway, you name it. “Now that my daughter is 34-months-old, I get judged and criticised a lot. Friends and family roll their eyes, give disapproving stares, and tell me that I should quit.”