This Video About Breastfeeding Shame Will Blow You Away

maxresdefault copy copy copy copy copy copy copy copy

It is incredibly angering that women still face public shame for the simple of act of breastfeeding their child. Why in Western culture is objectification so widely accepted and embraced but nourishment shamed?

British poet and spoken word artist, Hollie McNish, vocalizes the daily frustrations and struggles mothers feel when breastfeeding in public. In the poignant video Embarrassed, she pairs up with filmmaker Jake Dypka and together they address how tremendously shameful and limiting it is to breastfeed in public toilets.


In McNish's slam poetry style video, she expressed why she initially hid in toilets. “They said: There might be a man or small expecting child, seeing this small piece of flesh, they weren't quite expecting.” Outraged by having to sneak around, she voices her regret. “I spent the first few months of her beautiful life feeling nervous and awkward, and wanting everything right.”

Flat-out tired of feeling this way, McNish stood up against public shame. "For god sake, Jesus drank it- so did Siddhartha, Mohammed, and Shiva- and I'm sure they weren't doing it sniffing on shit as their mother sat embarrassed on cold  toilet lids- in a country covered in tits. No more will I sit on toilets lids and matter how I embarrassed I feel.” The chilling video touches on justified outrage and provides hope to breastfeeding moms and supporters all over the world.

Check it out below:

Free Download:  Great Dames!

Get inspired by some of our favorite interviews, featuring Dolly Parton, Solange, Tina Fey, Jessica Williams, Kathleen Hanna, Laverne Cox, the Broad City gals, and more! Plus, keep up with the latest from BUST.

More from BUST

Breastfeeding Mom Uses Her Boob Milk As A Weapon

Women Confront Society's Hate In This Empowering Photo Series

#WearWhatYouWant Encourages Women To Throw Out Fashion Rules

Journalist and Stripper. Reporting on sex work specific challenges and the secret lives of women with autism. Co-founder of the FckShameProject. Follow her unfiltered stories of the industry at @nudereporter

Support Feminist Media! During these troubling political times, independent feminist media is more vital than ever. If our bold, uncensored reporting on women’s issues is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $25, $50, or whatever you can afford, to protect and sustain BUST.com. Thanks so much—we can’t spell BUST without U.