Nursing Woman Turns on Webcam After Demands from Professor

Gillian Sisley

Should a woman ever be forced to expose herself while nursing?

While having a baby is generally an exciting time, there are a lot of realities that aren't always pleasant. For example, many mothers may choose to nurse, meaning that they have to feed their child every few hours.

Nursing in public is a contentious issue. For the most part, most people support mothers nursing their children in public, however, there are some who consider it inappropriate, or simply there are mothers who do not feel comfortable doing so.

This sort of situation was highlighted in a recent online post in which a woman is on a professional call while nursing her child, and she is forced to turn on her webcam, resulting in many colleagues seeing her in the process of nursing.

Should a woman ever be forced to expose herself while nursing?

A Reddit post published on May 30th, reported on by Sophie Lloyd from Newsweek, has gone viral with 17,300 upvotes and close to 1,000 comments.

The author begins her post by explaining that she is a 24-year-old law student, and was recently forced to expose herself while nursing after she was accused of lying by a professor.

She adds that for some of the practical training online for her program, she and her class were meant to have their webcams on most of the time. With that said, the author's daughter is still nursing, and so when she needed to feed her child she would turn off her webcam.

During one particular session, she wasn't feeling very well, and her child's feeding schedule was off, so she let the lecturer that day know what was going on. When she turned off her camera to feed she thought everything would be fine. However, after turning it off, the author was called out in the middle of the class by the lecturer.

Nursing in public is quite common.

Surveys have shown that about 90% of respondents have reported nursing in public. However, 52% have also reported feeling uncomfortable, embarrassed (27%) or stigmatized for it (15%).

In the middle of the class, the presenter demanded why the author was turning off her camera. She then reminded him of an email she sent earlier, but he said that while he agreed that she could feed her daughter, it needed to be in front of the camera so that he knew she was paying attention.

The author then clarified that she was in the process of nursing, so if the presenter insisted she turn on her camera, he would have to be prepared for what he was going to see. He insisted that she turned it on, and so she did. As soon as she turned the camera on, the lecturer went bright red and requested that she turn it off again until she was finished feeding her child.

What do you think? Did the author cross the line by turning the camera on, and should have made more of an effort to clarify what was happening? Or did the lecturer get exactly what he asked for, and he's in the wrong for being so ignorant about the situation?

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