Yakaly has suffered merciless online abuse for breastfeeding her four-year-old son. Picture: MDW
Yakaly has suffered merciless online abuse for breastfeeding her four-year-old son. Picture: MDW

Trolls brand mum 'paedophile' for breastfeeding autistic son

A mum who breastfeeds her four-year-old autistic son has revealed people call her a "paedophile".

Yakaly Di Roma, 31, from Wales, has shared pictures of her breastfeeding her son Hans in various poses, including at her laptop and in the middle of a bullring.

But the images have caused her to become the subject of online abuse, with some cruel comments branding the act "disgusting", The Sun reports.

As well as performing the motherly task at home, the proud mum posed for a series of snaps in various costumes - and even tandem breastfeeding Hans with one-month-old River.

Further pictures show Yakaly with her husband, Christian O'Reilly, and Hans, who is breastfeeding while sitting on her lap.

However the reactions haven't all been kind.

"I've been called a paedophile for breastfeeding my son," she said. "I've also been told I do child porn photography because breastfeeding a child of my son's age is 'disgusting' and 'disturbing'."

 

 

Despite receiving cruel comments from internet trolls calling her a "paedophile" and "disgusting", Yakaly has made it her mission to normalise breastfeeding and doesn't intend to stop until her sons are ready.

"Breastfeeding for me is so special. It has created an unbreakable bond that I am able to share with my children," she said.

"Hans is autistic, and this is the one thing that comforts him the most. It makes him feel safe.

"Nothing else comes close to being able to calm and soothe him the way I can when I feed him.

 


"He looks to me for security and love, and it makes me so happy that I am still able to do this for him. There are many benefits to breastfeeding and extended breastfeeding.

"It is the most natural thing in the world; it should be normalised, celebrated even.

"It isn't easy, it's actually very difficult. It is exhausting, and it can be painful, but all the sacrifice that comes with it, it's completely worth it."

 

 

"Getting to Hans' fourth birthday and knowing he still takes comfort from breastfeeding is a milestone," she said.

"When I feed my babies, that is our time, it is the one thing I share with them that nobody else can, that is worth capturing, posed or unposed.

"I have received many negative and hurtful comments when I have shared my photos. It can be upsetting sometimes, but I try not to let it get to me.

 

 

"I know I am doing the best for my boys, and I will continue to do so for as long as they need. I share my portraits to try and help normalise breastfeeding, to normalise something that is actually completely natural.

"I encourage all breastfeeding mothers to do the same - capture these moments while you can, enjoy every ounce of your time feeding your babies."

She told how, as well as breastfeeding, Hans ate normally.

"I will keep sharing my photos and I am extremely thankful for all the support and love I receive," the photographer continued.

 

 

"Breastfeeding was very difficult in the beginning. I had mastitis, all kinds of problems because I didn't know what I was doing, but it got better with time.

"I hope to normalise breastfeeding by sharing my posts.

"The more people see breasts as baby food and not something that's used to sell a product, the more people will understand that breast is best and a breast's main purpose is to feed babies."

 

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This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished here with permission.