Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and beautiful aspects of a nursing mother’s life. It’s not only feeding, it is bonding. In today’s world, many are busy mums and are always on the go. So, when a baby gets hungry, feeding is NOW!
For a long time, public breastfeeding has generated a lot of debate, even amongst women who support exclusive breastfeeding.
Here is an argument for public breastfeeding – If You Don’t Support Breastfeeding in Public, You Don’t Support Breastfeeding
And another one against – Breastfeeding in Public: Why this Mama Believes in Covering Up
Amidst this debate, photographer Ivette Ivens wants to normalize the practice through a beautiful portrait series – “Breastfeeding Goddesses”. The series features ethereal portraits of mothers feeding their children outside of the home. The photographer says, “My own experience inspired me to spread the word and encourage other mothers, as well as non-mothers to see breastfeeding the way it’s supposed to be seen.” “My message is simple: anywhere, anytime” she says.
In each picture, the settings are often quiet outdoor spaces and her subjects are nearly nude or draped in airy fabrics. Though the series shows scenes of serenity that are often far from the reality of breastfeeding a child in public, Ivens says she’s not striving for the realistic.
“My images might seem unrealistic, and I’m not aiming to show the raw side of it,” she said. “My goal is to reveal how each mother feels while breastfeeding their child.”
See more of the pictures on Ivette Ivens’ Facebook.
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