Remember the mom whose photo went viral after she was snapped breastfeeding her baby at a Bernie Sanders rally? Her name is Margaret Ellen Bradford, and she told UsMagazine.com this incident wasn't out of the ordinary for her. "I breastfeed at Target. I've breastfed in the pew of a church. I never use a cover because Harper won't allow me. She rips it down or screams and it ends up bringing more attention to us."
And boy did she get attention when, while seated in the second row of the Ohio rally, she breastfed her six-month-old. In fact, the moment even spawned its own hashtag on social media after photographer Alan Chin shared her photo: #BoobsForBernie.
The democratic candidate for president himself and his wife even complimented the mom. "Jane came up to me and said, 'Thank you for nursing your daughter when she got hungry.' Bernie thanked me for being a mom and bringing my daughter," Bradford said. Celebrity breastfeeding advocates from Alyssa Milano to Mayim Bialik also shared their support for Bradford online.
For her part, Bradford was astonished by the response and claims she wasn't trying to make a political statement about breastfeeding; she was simply feeding a hungry baby who couldn't wait to eat. And while she says the feedback is mostly positive, you won't believe what her critics have done.
"The negative is pretty bad," Bradford told the magazine. "I've received multiple death threats. How insane is it to make death threats for something as simple as feeding my daughter?"
Um, it's pretty insane. I mean, why on Earth would someone feel so threatened by a woman nursing her child in public that they would think she deserved to die? How sick and twisted.
Besides, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. Since when is feeding your baby controversial? I say bravo to this mom for ignoring, well, ignorance.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.