This woman photos of mothers will change your views on breastfeeding in public:
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Breasts, they’re quite the fascinating conundrum, aren’t they? Highlight them as subjects of sexual desire and everyone wants to ogle a bit more. But depict them as symbols of the raw beauty of motherhood and they’re called distasteful and taboo.
Even in today’s progressive times, breastfeeding in public is frowned upon. Surprisingly, it’s not just men who admonish a woman breastfeeding in public. Other women are equally judgemental.
But one photographer is trying to change the narrative and we daresay she’s doing a fantastic job.
Ivette Ivens, a Lithuanian-born photographer from Hinsdale, Illinois, has been taking some absolutely stunning pictures of breastfeeding mothers in a bid to empower them and spread awareness about the benefits of breast milk.
Ivette believes that a mother’s milk is the most perfect food for the child and one of the best gifts a mother can give to her baby.
According to Hindustan Times, she wants people to view breastfeeding as the beneficial, beautiful act that it is.
“IF PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD THE BENEFITS WITHOUT BEING LAMBASTED WITH PROPAGANDA FOR MAN-MADE MILK, FORMULA, ETC. I BELIEVE THEY WOULD VIEW NURSING AS THE MOST NATURAL GIFT AND NOT SOMETHING TO BE SEXUALIZED.”
Ivette’s choice of muses depends upon their life stories. One of her most popular shots is that of Michigan resident Mimi Stevenson, a burn survivor, breastfeeding her son, Josiah.
When I first saw @schamica211 breastfeeding selfie she took with her iphone, I thought to myself - this woman deserves to have a piece of art that screams STRONG. DEVOTED. WARRIOR. That part is done. In addition, this superwoman wanted to share her story with the world, hoping it reaches someone who needs it the most. Humans tend to stop themselves from achieving their goals because of insecurities, tragedies, illnesses.. Mimi did not have it easy, yet she shines confidence, self love, fearlessness. All of these features we are already born with, but then life happens and some of them might be washed away. Mimi is a great example of how to fight it back. A true, humble warrior. We are very grateful for all beautiful comments, messages and media attention - burn survivors are connecting, people are recounting their blessings, mothers who want to breastfeed are scratching out excuses. Art unites us for a moment. With a little help of social media:)
With every picture that Ivette shares, there’s always an empowering message.
1. A nurturer doing what she does best!
2. Arming them with comfort and confidence!
3. Another experience to share with your best girlfriends!
4. Badass mothers breastfeed without a care!
5. Bonding with your little one in the most beautiful way!
6. That empowering feeling!
7. Mother Goddess sharing her bounty with her children!
You can trust me in my instincts 'Cause they are like that of a bird I am loyal, I will feed you And sing you songs you never heard Who wants to wear the hat this morning I reckon neither of us cares Cause there is more to life than leading And I would follow you I swear... This #nahkoandmedicineforthepeople song touched my soul, along with many other ones as that's all I was listening for the past month! I learned about him in #Hawaii and encourage everyone who crave for meaningful, empowering music to give it a try. It's like reading a book, learning from experiences, finding new perspective and much more! Thank you, @nahkobear for putting your time and energy in creating something so pleasant, yet so powerful. This Mother Goddess is @spiritualtashamama. We share a passion of #normalizingbreastfeeding and spreading #LOVE.
8. In every little act, they’ll be together!
9. Mirror Mirror on the wall. Who’s the best mommy of them all?
10. Girls’ day out gets a whole new meaning when you’re mothers!
So what prompted her to embark on this journey? The mother of two boys says it was her own pregnancies that served as inspiration.
“THE COMMENTS AND DEGRADATION I ENCOUNTERED AND HEARD FROM OTHERS PROMPTED ME TO STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT, AND BY THIS I MEAN FOR BOTH THE CHILD AND THE MOTHER! I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A BEAUTIFUL AVENUE FOR SUCH A CAUSE!”
All these breathtaking images have even been compiled into a lovely coffee-table book called ‘Breastfeeding Goddesses’.
With this project, Ivette wants to show these women how amazingly beautiful they look when they’re indulging in this perfectly natural act of motherhood, thereby empowering them to not feel ashamed when breastfeeding in public.
The stigma surrounding breastfeeding has been quite rampant, and more and more women and female celebrities are sharing their stories of being criticised and asked to cover up while breastfeeding in public.
Such an initiative can definitely act as a catalyst in improving people’s mindsets and showing them what an amazingly powerful act breastfeeding is!