Have you seen this image of a woman breastfeeding her toddler while sitting on the toilet with her pants down. It has gone viral online it’s of Elisha Wilson Beach, wife of TV actor Michael Beach who recently posted this photo of herself on instagram with the message:
‘This is motherhood and it ain’t always pretty. What’s your #momtruth? #motherhood #motherhoodaintpretty #tmi #confessionsofamom #ididthat #iamnotsorry”
Elisha Wilson Beach is a mother of two and wife of Michael Beach who is known for his roles on Sons of Anarchy, Third Watch and ER.
The photo has drawn many criticisms about this multi-tasking momma calling it distasteful, unsanitary, and commenting on the dirty bathroom amongst other things. It has also drawn many supporters who applaud Beach for portraying a real-life depiction of motherhood.
I am a complete supporter of breastfeeding but I am disturbed by this image of her breastfeeding on the toilet and posing for the picture.
Elisha recently spoke out about the photo on her blog My Life is a Beach and this is what she said:
“Who knew breastfeeding on the toilet, taking a picture of it and posting it to share with my measly 422 followers on Instagram and 992 Facebook friends would send the internet into a frenzy? And oh, the judgments about me as a mother … Ouch! Dealing with motherhood with acceptance and a sense of humour has often been my saving grace and I thought this picture captures that perfectly. I didn’t post it to make a huge statement about motherhood. I posted it to share my truth as a mum and help my mum friends feel comfortable with their truth.”
Hmm..that’s great Elisha, I do first of all admire your intention to shed some reality onto motherhood. Many of us mothers can relate to the crazy, unpredictable and messy moments of parenthood and how we do whatever is necessary to sometimes get through the day, even if it means skipping baths and giving them bread and cheese for dinner or letting them watch an extra episode of their favourite TV show. However, I have to side with your critics that I find this photo is distasteful. I exclusively breastfed my eldest and now doing the same with my second one. There was never a moment in all the crazy days I have had when I have had to feed either of them while sitting on the toilet at any stage. There is no shame in breastfeeding anywhere, but what makes you want to sit there with your chachas hanging and doing your business and at the same time provide nutrition to your child? I guess you would, if you are the type who likes to have your own dinner while you take a dump.
Sorry I know that was harsh. But I’m tired of this sh*tty addiction people have to photograph every aspect of their life and post it on social media.
How do you guys feel about this picture?