College Senior Breastfeeds on Graduation Day, Ignites Social Media Firestorm

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Karlesha Thurman has unintentionally entered the public breastfeeding debate.

The senior recently graduated from California State University and shared an intimate photo of the big day on the Facebook group page for Black Women Do Breastfeed.

She explained her motivation for doing so thusly, saying of her daughter:

"She was my motivation to keep going, so me receiving my BA was OUR moment, so glad I captured the moment and so glad you shared it with the world so thank you again."

Karlesha Thurman Breastfeeding Photo

As you might expect, however, Thurman's proud moment became a source of contention within the online community.

Many have taken extreme exception to the picture, with one Facebook user writing as a comment:

"That picture of the girl breastfeeding her baby at graduation was not 'empowering' at all."

Thurman tried to remain above the fray on Twitter, writing this week that she "can't take anymore," thanking folks for their positive wishes and signing off.

Over the past several days, a photo of actress Jaime King breastfeeding on Instagram has gone viral, while model Natalia Vodianova has also entered the debate by posing along with new suckling newborn.

What do you think of this Karlesha Thurman photo?

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