Why a Photo of This Mom on Her Graduation Day Is Going Viral

From Cosmopolitan

Before a mom of three named Amber Bowers graduated last week from Clary Sage College in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she asked her school if she could bring her daughter Luna with her to the ceremony. The college said OK, and now, a pretty, candid photo of Bowers in her cap and gown and breastfeeding her little girl is going viral.

Bowers wasn't allowed to take Luna up on stage as she accepted her diploma, but she managed to breastfeed her through the rest of the ceremony. She talked to the online community Breastfeeding Mama Talk about the experience, sharing, "I didn't feel like I was doing anything out of the norm, but as I was walking around backstage before the ceremony I started to get compliments as well as eye rolls from people who saw me nursing Luna. Right before I was heading to the main floor, a few women were gushing over the sight of me nursing her and snapped a photo of me. I didn't really think anything of it."

But Bowers continued to get praise for breastfeeding, even during the ceremony. "I received texts and notifications that someone had posted the photo in a local mom group as well as on their page!" she said. "I was blown away by the kind words, I instantly started receiving and have not stopped receiving since that evening."

Breastfeeding Mama Talk's Facebook post on Bowers has racked up 1,500 likes and many supportive comments, as well. One follower summed up the overwhelming sentiment: "Go mama. Breastfeeding is such a special experience. You're doing amazing and congratulations on graduating and having the courage to [breastfeed] Luna there."

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