The Internet remains in a tizzy about over a picture of a Cal State Long Beach graduate Karlesha Thurman. Why? She posted a picture of her breastfeeding her baby during her college graduation ceremony last month. The picture of Thurman breastfeeding her fourth-month-old daughter during last month's graduation ceremonies went up on a Facebook group page Saturday night and started attracting both positive and negative attention.
Since then, Thurman has received messages on Twitter supporting her breastfeeding decision, while others have attacked her both for breastfeeding in public and putting the picture on social media. For her part, Thurman says she didn't take the picture or post it to make a statement, and says "my daughter is happy and healthy, that's all that matters to me."
Thurman, who earned her accounting degree, said she never wanted attention because of the photo and didn’t realize that some people have a problem with public breast-feeding. She didn’t think twice about nursing amid her fellow graduates, and has never had a problem nursing where she needed to. “It’s not disgusting, it’s not a bad thing, it’s not a negative thing,” Thurman notes. “It’s the best thing for my daughter. More people should do it.”
- ONE MORE THING! The whole event was actually incidental. The photo was taken at California State University, Long Beach on May 22. After her name was called and she crossed the stage, Thurman returned to her seat and her friends asked to meet her daughter, Aaliyah. Within minutes of retrieving her daughter from her own mom, Aaliyah became fussy, so Thurman did what she always does when her daughter is hungry: She breast-fed her. Nobody said a word, except for a friend who “thought it was so cool” and asked to take her photo. And by the way? The website she posted it to was a Facebook page devoted to breastfeeding.