The photo of this mom breastfeeding on Santa's lap has unleashed a string of negative comments on social media.

By Hollee Actman Becker
December 22, 2015
mom breastfeeding baby on Santa's lap
Credit: Rebecca Dunbar/Facebook

Mom Rebecca Dunbar is being taken to task on social media for posting a pic of herself breastfeeding during a visit with Santa at a Niagara Falls mall.

Here's how it all went down.

"Honestly, we were just in line and my little guy, who has the patience of nothing, decided he was hungry," Dunbar told Global News. "He would have just screamed the entire time so I started nursing him. And we were next in line."

So Dunbar asked the photographer if he was cool with taking a shot of her with her baby next to Santa while she was breastfeeding. He gave her the thumbs up, as did good old St. Nick himself. "It's been 40 years and never had a question like that," he reportedly told Dunbar. "But why not?"

The brew-ha-ha began when Dunbar posted the resulting image on Facebook in an attempt, she said, to raise awareness of breastfeeding in public. Instead, the 40-year-old mom got slammed, with commenters calling her everything from "a selfish exhibitionist" and "attention monger" to "trash."

"What a crock. Mothers know full well that babies get hungry and require feeding probably every couple of hours," one commenter wrote.

"Just using her child as a way to justify her emotional need to be an exhibitionist," said another.

Not surprisingly, Dunbar has now shut down her account.

Breastfeeding in public is a personal choice. Yet it remains a controversial one, and Dunbar is not the first to receive nasty comments. Just last month, new mom Ashley Kaidel's public breastfeeding photo went viral after she shut down haters by posting this response on Facebook: "Number one, breast feeding mothers are protected under federal law to breast feed any way, any how and any where they're allowed to be in all circumstances otherwise." she wrote. "Number two, you should not ever feel shamed, belittled, embarrassed or wrong for feeding your baby the way nature intended... There is nothing weird about this and there's no difference in me feeding my baby with my breast than you feeding yourself with a spoon."

So, what do you think? Should Dunbar have breastfed her son while posing with Santa? Should she have then shared the picture? And even if the whole thing was premeditated, should that even make a difference?

Let us know in the comments!

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website for more, and follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.