A photo of an Australian woman breastfeeding her child at her college graduation ceremony just took the Internet by storm.
Jacci Sharkey, a 24-year-old graduate of the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, was snapped breastfeeding her six-week-old son Alek during the university’s commencement proceedings. The photo was uploaded to USC’s Facebook page where it garnered more than 100,000 likes and 2,700 shares in a 24-hour span.
“I never expected it to go crazy. I thought I’d be really happy if it got 100 likes and then it’s just gone out of control,” she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“There has been a sea of thank you messages from people. Some were saying they were really worried about starting university but that I’ve helped them through it.
“It was really heart warming … you do come across your keyboard warriors but it’s just nice to see the positive outweighs the negative.”
Sharkey, who also has a 20-month-old named Ari, says that the photo was meant to be an inspiration to other mothers.
“It wasn’t a statement [on breastfeeding] or anything like that. I would have sent the same picture to the uni had he [Alek] had a bottle or a sandwich … it was just the fact that I’m a mum, it’s not I’m a breastfeeding mum, just I’m a mum,” she said.
“You don’t have to give up the career to have kids and you don’t have to give up kids to have the career… you can have it all.”
Courtesy of Rare.us