Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders has voiced his support for mothers who openly breastfeed their children, according to The Hill.
“As a society, we should never stigmatize women for breastfeeding in public,” the Vermont senator tweeted.
His message, which included a picture of a mother breastfeeding her baby daughter, was an acknowledgment of the #BoobsForBernie hashtag created by Margaret Ellen Bradford. A camera caught the woman breastfeeding her child during a Sanders campaign event in Cleveland.
Bradford wrote on her Facebook page: “This past week, my daughter and I got to attend a U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders rally. While there, she got hungry like babies do and, unbeknownst to me at the time, a reporter took this photo of us. After the rally, Bernie and Jane O’Meara Sanders both thanked me for doing what mothers do and taking care of my daughter when she needed her mom, even if that meant nursing in public!”
Bradford tweeted to talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres: “After sharing the story that went with the photo, it went unexpectedly viral! I’ve since had news stories show up in Cleveland, Arizona, Florida, Texas and others, plus countless blogs. I’ve seen it on over 50 different high-traffic Facebook pages. I’m being sent new articles by the hour! I’ve gotten a lot of hate mail and a lot more love mail, but the one thing I don’t have is a picture of my beautiful 6-month-old Bernie baby with Bernie and Jane Sanders! Any chance you could help me fulfill my wish, and help us get our photo with Bernie?”
Photo: Baltimore Sun