A MUM was shamed by a male stranger who took a photo of her at an airport when she was on her phone as her baby daughter lay on the floor at her feet.
The picture was uploaded online last year and the man slammed her for being an “idiot”- but mum-of-three Molly Lensing has revealed there was more to the story than meets the eye.
She has spoken out about the viral image to Today.com and said that she felt her privacy was violated by the sharing of the image and the man shouldn’t have been so quick to judge.
“We had the unfortunate luck of being stuck in the middle of the Delta computer shutdown,” the mother explained.
Her flights were delayed and re-booked so many times that she spent 20 hours sitting in airports with her two-month-old baby.
“Anastasia had been held or in her carrier for many hours. My arms were tired. She needed to stretch. And I had to communicate with all the family members wondering where the heck we were.”
But once the image went online, Ms Lensing found herself the victim of abuse and backlash from people who labelled her a “terrible parent.”
Ms Lensing works part-time as a paediatric nurse and was terrified that a co-worker or boss would see the image and it would affect her job.
Not everyone was against her, with mum blogger Mary Katherine Backstrom writing on Mom Babble a message of support.
“No. Just no. We do not snap photos of exhausted mothers in the airport and shame them publicly.
“This is gross and needs to stop. I’ve been this woman.
“My flight delayed, running on zero sleep, fearful that my baby might slip straight from my arms and onto the floor if I nodded off … I wish she knew that there are mammas who understand exhaustion and imperfection and don’t choose to pounce someone in their weakest moment.”
Ms Lensing said most of the time she can ignore hurtful comments that have been directed her way, but there are times when the image haunts her.
She said she is powerless compared to the internet but her main aim is to be best mum she can be to her girls and knows within herself that she is cherishing them and raising them as best as she can.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was republished with permission.