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America Ferrera shared a selfie for World Breastfeeding Week — and fans are thanking her for the photo

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On Wednesday, America Ferrera posted a breastfeeding selfie that had fans thanking the actress for her openness. 

The photo featured the new mom breastfeeding her son Sebastian, whose face was covered with an emoji. She captioned the photo by writing, "they're my boobies, and I'll feed where I want to- feed where I want to - feeeeed where I want to... #worldbreastfeedingweek."

Ferrera shared the photo in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. The event's website writes that the event's goal is to "inform people about the links between good nutrition, food security, poverty reduction and breastfeeding." 

With numerous mothers still being harassed for breastfeeding in public, despite it being legal across the US, it is not surprising that hundreds of mothers commented on the photo with support.

"I'm a mom of three boys. I breastfed all of them. At first I didn't know what to think about just, 'whipping it out.' But I would just whip it out whenever," one user wrote. "Baby needs to eat and I didn't always have a blanket to cover up. Sometimes it was too hot for both baby and I to cover up. You go lady!! Feed that baby." 

"Good for you! If people have a problem- that's their problem," another commented. "I nursed both of mine for over a year and they are now grown and healthy!" 

"Bless that little baby's heart. And yep. When baby need food. Mama best a come wit it. No matter where or when. It's eating and it's just nature. You be supermom!" a third user wrote. 

Most of the comments were positive, however, there were still the occasional digs at the photo, all of which were immediately shut down.

When one user wrote, "What's wrong with having courtesy for others and covering up in public places like a restaurant?? I wouldn't want to be exposed. I don't understand how whipping out your boob for everyone to see is female empowerment," responses ranged from "stupid comment" to "next time you're hungry in public, try eating with a blanket over your head. Nobody wants to see that right?"

Ferrera is not the only mom who used the #worldbreastfeedingweek hashtag to voice support for public breastfeeding. Thousands of moms posted their own nursing shots on Instagram including Alanis Morissette and Natasha Bedingfield.

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