Model Mara Martin has been in the headlines lately, after nursing her baby on the catwalk as part of a Sports Illustrated swimsuit show. The happening, which was described as a spur-of-the moment thing, has been hailed as ’empowering’ and ‘inspirational’ by many media outlets, and Mara herself wrote on Instagram: “I’m so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalize breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL!”

Predictably however, not everyone was impressed. Amongst the outpourings of positivity and respect, there have been a number of critical voices offering up a range of grievances, as well as the usual trolls who are just there to spread hate. One commentator, who identified herself as Mara’s best friend, wasn’t having any of the hate however, and delivered a quite stunning response, full of love and respect for her friend’s actions.

The entire episode has kicked off the discussion about breastfeeding in public, and the heartening show of support for Mara is a positive sign that the stigma is being overcome. Scroll down below to check out the story for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Model Mara Martin hit the headlines recently, after breastfeeding her baby on the catwalk

This video captured the moment:

She has been hailed as ’empowering’ and ‘inspirational’ by lots of articles

Here’s how she described the moment herself

However, not everyone was impressed


Mara’s best friend wasn’t having any of the hate, and delivered a stunning response

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