She sadly endured major criticism after simply sharing pictures of her pregnancy figure, but model Sarah Stage has clearly taken the nasty comments in her stride.
The model came under scrutiny earlier this year for posting photos of her incredibly toned stomach while nine months pregnant, prompting many to suggest that she was taking her fitness regime too far while carrying her first child.
Now, the 31-year-old has taken to her social media channels to share a beautiful breastfeeding photo, and it carries a defiant message to her ‘haters’.
Posting a picture of herself nursing beautiful baby son James, Sarah wrote: “If you don’t like this pic, unfollow me. No need to hate on a beautiful moment with my son.”
The proud new mum also followed in the footsteps of the fellow models Nicole Trunfio and Doetzen Kroes as she added the hashtag ‘normalise breastfeeding’.
Trunfio herself was also recently forced to defend her actions, after she posed for a photo for Australian Elle magazine while breastfeeding son Zion. Facing criticism for the move, she shared an inspiring Instagram message in which she insisted that women should never feel embarrassed when they need to feed their child.
A women should not feel embarrassed or any sort of way when she needs to feed her child, she should not have to think twice. It is a natural thing to do and it's beautiful, we should not be ashamed of it, otherwise we will pass that energy to our precious, vulnerable and sensitive baby. Breastfeeding in public should be more socially acceptable, whether you choose to cover yourself or not. At times, I cover myself and my son, depending on the situation. Ultimately it should be whatever the mother chooses is best for her, and her baby. I also want to be clear I am also pro bottle feeding, this is not to discriminate against any way a mother feeds her child. #normalizebreastfeeding is important for our generation, let us start a #revolution !!! Breastfeeding is a #lifegiving act and it needs to be celebrated. I'm calling all mothers all over the world to take a stand! #womenunite #normalizebreastfeeding @elleaus
We love these ladies for speaking out against the criticism. They are truly inspiring and empowering mums all over the world.