What glamorous way does a rapper unwind after a bumpin’ stage show? Does he hit the club? Relax in a jacuzzi? Pop a bottle of champagne?
For George Moss, the answer is: clean breast pumps.
Yes, you read that right. The Michigan rapper, who has made his name on the Christian music scene, posted a selfie on his Facebook page showing himself cleaning his wife’s breast pump parts after one of his shows … and the online breastfeeding community has gone wild.
The photo has been shared more than 6,000 times and “liked” nearly 33,000 times, with breastfeeding advocates like I Am Not the Babysitter’s Jamie Grumet —the mom who famously breastfed her preschool-aged son on the cover of Time magazine — and The Leaky Boob praising Moss for being so supportive of his wife’s breastfeeding efforts and helping to normalize breastfeeding. Others have said Moss’ photo is especially valuable at a time when the breastfeeding rate among black mothers continues to trail behind their white counterparts.
Moss was clearly caught off guard by all the attention and, in a later Facebook post, explained his wife and other breastfeeding moms are the ones who truly deserve to be celebrated:
What I thought was just a funny little tongue and cheek joke, turned out to mean a lot more to over a million people … Although I appreciate the love, likes, and kind words … its [sic] absolutely CRAZY that this all happened because I washed a couple bottles. If anyone should get the credit it should be people like my wife!
Moss isn’t the first male hip-hop artist to go public with his support of breastfeeding. Georgia-based music producer and songwriter Ron Stephenson — also known as RonEssential — created a whole video dedicated to pumped breast milk. His video, and the accompanying song, chronicled his experience babysitting his young cousin and feeding her breast milk.
Will Moss follow RonEssential’s lead and create his own pro-breastfeeding song, too? I bet his new fan base would love that and, frankly, Moss would be wise to milk — haha — his newfound popularity that way.
But whatever Moss does next, I hope one thing remains the same: That he still finds time to clean his wife’s breast pump.