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'Internet Cheers For Photo Of (White) Mom Breastfeeding At Graduation': But Went Ballistic When A Black Mom Did It

Jacci Sharkey.
Jacci Sharkey.
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On the day of her graduation from the University of the Sunshine Coast, 24-year-old Jacci Sharkey posed proudly for a photo in her cap and gown while breastfeeding her baby boy Alek. The Australian mother-of-two later sent the photo and a thank-you message to the her university, which the school shared on its official Facebook page. Within days, it had over 200,000 likes.

"It filled me with such pride that the Uni wanted to share [the photo]," Sharkey told The Huffington Post in an email. "It shows how supportive they are of all their students, whether they are athletes, scholars or mums."

While many commenters and articles have focused on the breastfeeding aspect of the picture, Sharkey says the photo was actually less a statement about nursing and more about motherhood and work-life balance.

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Karlesha Thurman.
Karlesha Thurman.

Black Woman Receives Backlash for Breast-Feeding Baby During Her College Graduation


By Yesha Callahan
A 25-year-old woman has sparked controversy after posting a photo of herself breast-feeding her baby at her college graduation ceremony.

Karlesha Thurman, who was attending her California State University, Long Beach graduation, posted the breast-feeding photo to a Facebook page called Black Women Do Breastfeed, which celebrates black women who opt out of formula and rely on their own milk resources. Once the Facebook page posted the photo, it immediately went viral.

But there were those who felt the photo was abnormal or blasted the young mother for even having a baby to begin with.
But Thurman was not without her supporters, including former NFL star Chad Johnson:

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