Lesley Ann Brandt Responds to Those Offended by Her Breastfeeding Selfie

The Lucifer star Lesley Ann Brandt gave birth to son Kingston Payne, her first child with husband Chris Payne Gilbert, in July. On Saturday, she used Instagram to share a candid, sweet moment in her life as a new mom. She captured herself breastfeeding her baby boy and wrote:

“This is motherhood, Needing to pee so badly but you just rocked the perfect latch and Bebe is nuzzled in nicely for a good feed. Priorities people. Priorities. #kingstonpayne #myking #normalizebreastfeeding #breastfeedwithoutfear #theseboobsareoutofcontrol”

Lesley had also shared this on her Twitter page. Following her post she got responses from some people who viewed the image as inapprioprate. Someone asked her to take it to the bathroom and not show her guts on social media.

Another followers thought same and found the need to give their unsolicited opinions to Brandt including one Twitter user who wrote, ‘I don’t wave my d* in your face, don’t milk your tits in front of me. Go to the restroom.’

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Lesley fired back at her body-shamers by responding to them. She posted a screenshot of her own write up saying that she was not showing off her tits on social media and did not feel the need to do so.

“Apparently an innocent photo of me feeding my child has ‘offended’ some on FB and sparked a really interesting and disturbing debate, ‘It’s a private moment, she’s seeking attention, why would she post that, gross, women have been doing it for thousands of years, so what, you should cover up.’

The irony is that these same man and sadly women are all but fine to see these boobs in my work (Spartacus) but breastfeeding my son? How dare I! ‘What does it say about how we treat mothers and women when folks are fine for an actress to show cleavage or boobs in a show.

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But heaven forbid she celebrates what is arguably one of the hardest things she’s done, nourish her child!’ Using my social media to positively show breastfeeding is my choice and will hopefully give other mamas out there the confidence to NOT go to a bathroom to feed their babies. AND if you have a problem with my son eating, ‘suck it.’

Responding to more of her followers, the new mom took to Instagram yesterday to relay another information on breastfeeding, according to her advocating what is perfectly natural. She revealed that breastfeeding is a big deal for her as it has also not been easy.

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“This issue of breastfeeding is a big deal for me. Why? Breastfeeding has not been easy. My son and I had a rough, painful start. Engorgement, on the verge of getting mastitis, finding the confidence to soldier through the pain of extremely painful feedings all while knowing that I’m the ONLY source of food for my son right now, unless I bottle feed him which for me, was not an option.

Knowing I had committed to breastfeeding him and if I’m honest, questioning if I could keep going. Thank goodness I’m blessed with a husband, midwife, doula and friends reminding me that it would get better, that it would get easier and that I would come out the other side. I’ll say it again for anyone not clear, breastfeeding is not easy and it isn’t an option for every mother.

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It also isn’t easy to do it publicly. The blood curdling screams of a hungry baby can be very overwhelming for a new mother without the judgment of strangers. I personally have to navigate doing this while filming a tv show pretty soon. All very overwhelming if you know how a TV set operates. Whether she chooses to or not, is able to or not.

I respect every women’s decision and I stand firm in love and support for each and every mother. With world breastfeeding week having ended just yesterday, messages and points of view like this, only inspire me to continue on and advocate for normalizing what is perfectly natural AND celebrating how amazing a women’s body is.”

Photo credit: Instagram

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