A mum who breastfed her three-year-old son in the middle of a shop has hit back at trolls who have called her a "paedophile" or even told her to "kill herself".
Sarah Mills was dreading the back-to-school shop and began feeding her son as she felt an anxiety attack coming on and stopped to take a moment and sit still and breathe.
A photo showing the 33-year-old Australian and her son Morrison on the floor of a Target store went viral, but some parents criticised her for breastfeeding her three-year-old, saying he was "too old".
The mum-of-three has pushed back, telling her critics in a new blog post that breastfeeding is more normal than giving a child takeaway food, pharmaceuticals and dairy milk from a cow.
Sarah, from Mid North Coast, New South Wales, wrote: "My whole existence is my children. I would give my life to ensure they are safe and cared for.
"How sick and disturbing to attack a woman for doing the most selfless and natural thing on this earth.
"How backwards we have become in the year 2020. Parents can load their children up with McDonald’s, pharmaceuticals, over the counter meds, dairy milk laden with cow pus, sugary soft drinks that could rot a hole through a brick wall.
"But a woman nurturing and comforting her child is child abuse?
"What’s most disturbing is that most of the shaming and abuse is coming from within our own sisterhood!
"Whatever happened to women supporting women?
"How on earth can we as women demand respect from men when we aren’t even respecting each other?
"You can’t claim girl power but only for things that align with your views.
"You can’t start a sentence “I support breastfeeding BUT” you either support it or you don’t.
"There are no buts."
Sarah was also with her son Hendrix, ten, and seven-year-old daughter Monroe, who took the photo, during the shopping trip.
She said she felt like she "needed to just be in bed" that day, but had no choice but to head out to buy school supplies.
The blogger explained that she became overwhelmed after her two older kids were fighting, and Morrison was being a "typical threenager".
As Sarah felt an imminent anxiety attack, she realised she needed a moment to recuperate so sat in the middle of the children's shoe aisle at Target to take a breath.
Then when Morrison became hungry, Sarah breastfed her son sitting on the floor in an aisle.
Sarah said: "I’d had a really tough couple of days, and I was completely overwhelmed.
"The kids needed school supplies and as much as I needed to just be in bed, I had no choice but to take all three out for the dreaded back to school shop.
"We’d been to several shops, the kids kept changing their minds about what they want, the fighting was non-stop, the toddler was being a typical ‘threenager’ and my heart started racing.
"I thought to myself ‘here we go’. Over the years I have learnt to recognise when a massive anxiety attack is about to hit.
"I needed a moment. I knew all three children weren’t about to stop what they were doing and put everything back so mama could go and ground herself.
"So, in the middle of Target, I sat on the floor. I am too deep into single parenting to care about what others might think and only do what is ‘socially acceptable’.
"I sat and breathed through the techniques I’ve learnt over the years of battling anxiety."
Sarah said that the quiet moment helped relax and calm both her and the three kids but added she did receive a "disgusted" look from another customer who walked past.
She added: "In that moment, nothing could bother me. For my own sanity I needed that moment.
The powerful photograph has racked up hundreds of likes, shares and comments on Facebook from other parents from around the world who have praised Sarah for being so real, honest and raw.
But the mum said received some hateful comments online.
She wrote in response: "Being shamed into a corner for nurturing your own child, while millions applaud J-Lo for rubbing her crotch all over the Super Bowl, is not what our ancestors got out and burnt their bras for.
"So much malnourishment and chronic illness, along with an array of other issues in our western children these days could be curbed and improved with extended breastfeeding.
"I was more focused on anxiety, but these hate filled – judgmental comments have made me realise WHY so many mothers are so anxious in the first place.
"So I’m happy to carry the torch and encourage more pride from Mamas feeding their bubs. Whenever, and for as long as they choose.
"Especially because I tried all of your suggestions about where and how I should be feeding my child if I MUST, and to be honest they f***ing sucked.
"I’ll stick with the floor when and if I need to thanks."
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