A mother who lost
Amy Layne, 36, a holistic nutritionist and lifestyle coach, from Vancouver,
And she told Femail she finds it ‘very disturbing’ that she lives in a time where ‘women feel they have to nourish their children in the shadows’ and that she will try and use her voice ‘for the better good’ following a backlash of abuse over her nursing images.
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Amy Layne, a holistic nutritionist and personal trainer from Vancouver, Canada, shared a post of her breastfeeding to mark the beginning of 2019 – and received a backlash in the comments, pictured here with her daughter Ever, eight weeks, and True, two
Amy, pictured on holiday in Maui, Hawaii, says she hopes to normalize breastfeeding after ‘unbelievable’ abuse from people – especially women – online
But the mother-of-two quickly lost followers, and was hit with a barrage of abusive comments.
Amy told Femail: ‘Initially I was just trying to share an image of the truth of my life. I always try to share images of my reality on Instagram. Now it has transformed into something where I feel I have to use my voice.
‘I only have a small voice on the internet. I’m not Kim Kardashian but I feel it is extremely important to let people know that nursing your child is not a disgusting act, it is beautiful and powerful.
‘I want to be a person who isn’t told by others what to do or who to be. Especially when what I am doing is not hurting anyone, it is nourishing and growing other humans.’
Hitting back at her trolls, the lifestyle expert quickly posted another image, writing: ‘I lost 30 followers after sharing a photo of me breast-feeding Ever.
Despite Amy starting the trend due to a myriad of negative comments, many have shared their joy at seeing the posts, some thanking her for sharing the images – with a lot praising the health merits of breast milk
‘So in response I will be sharing a breast-feeding photo once a week indefinitely. I’m kicking this off with the highly offensive photo of me breastfeeding two children at once (one being over two years old).’
She added: ‘Also, we are all vegan, I had vegan pregnancies and gave birth naturally without any medication if you want to really cap off your outrage.’
Two weeks after the original post, she shared more images of her nursing her children.
Amy added to Femail: ‘I posted the initial picture because I thought it was a beautiful image of me nursing my daughter Ever.
‘I didn’t think anything of it. It is something I do many times per day and it is the reality of a glimpse into my daily life.
Amy, pictured with her partner Dr. David Duizer, is a personal trainer and runs a fitness app, as well as a lifestyle website
Amy happily shares her life online, including many adorable pictures of her two little girls, and is usually met with positive comments – rather than the abuse she has recently recieved
‘The initial reaction varied from people telling me I was very brave to people telling me it was disgusting.
‘That drove me to share the image of me nursing both my 8-week-old and two-year-old at the same time. I knew sharing this image would disturb those who were already disturbed by me nursing my newborn.’
In one post, she wrote: ‘I am still receiving so many messages and emails about the picture of me breastfeeding the girls. For all the love thank you.
‘For all the hate I love you anyway. Keep the conversation going. #normalizebreastfeeding.’
Amy said that the criticism of the breast feeding has become ‘more personal and attacking’ since she posted more pictures, but has refused to let the trolls get to her
Amy’s two children, Ever and True, both still breastfeed. Amy has chosen to share the pictures online in the hope the such images become normal
Despite Amy starting the trend due to a myriad of negative comments, many have shared their joy at seeing the posts, some thanking her for sharing the images.
One said: ‘I love how you feeding your toddler something that will set her up for success and give her nutrients she needs offends people.
‘But when we steel milk from a baby cow and that isn’t beneficial in the long run to feed our species is totally normal and healthy. #sorrynotsorry [sic]’
Amy added that the she’s recieved abusive comments online before, but never to this scale.
‘I’ve received criticism after sharing before and after pictures of my weight loss’ she continued. ‘I have been accused of having plastic surgery. But never the reaction that nursing both of these girls at the same time has caused.’
Amy joked she is ‘famous for aggressive kisses’ and she shares dozens of pictures of her on walks in the countryside with her daughters, True and Ever, and he partner David
Ever, eight weeks, and True, two years four months, both still breastfeed. Amy shares the images along with healthy tips and how to live a natural vegan lifestyle online
Defying her critics, Amy said that the criticism of the breast feeding has become ‘more personal and attacking’ since she posted more pictures
Amy also shares pictures of her breastfeeding in public, as many of her followers have said they ‘love it’ and ‘she’s doing a great job’ in improving the conversation around nursing
‘One of the major past online criticisms that stands out to me was a woman saying I had neck elongation surgery. To this day I don’t even know if that is a plastic surgery or not.’
Despite her hitting back, Amy said that the criticism of the breast feeding has become ‘more personal and attacking’ since she posted more pictures.
‘People seem to be mad that I am not letting them shut me down’ Amy added.
As well as being the mother of two young girls Amy, who has been an entrepreneur since she was 15, operates an online health and wellness centre focused on holistic weight loss and healthy living, called
She runs a vegan recipe app and am a co-hosts a podcast with her husband, a naturopathic doctor, called Healthy Rebel Radio.