• These Photos Celebrate the Natural Beauty of Breastfeeding

    These photos aim to prove that breastfeeding is not offensive or vulgar.
    by Rachel Perez .
  • These Photos Celebrate the Natural Beauty of Breastfeeding
  • In principle, people will say that they don't mind breastfeeding in public. The reality, of course, is different--nursing mothers are judged when they do it, hence, the hashtags #NormalizeBreastfeeding and #Brelfies started to circulate online. It aims to celebrate breastfeeding moms and spread awareness that nursing is caring for a child--it is not offensive or vulgar. 

    Australian photgrapher Melissa Jean Wilbraham had the unfortunate experience last year when the breastfeeding photos she took were taken down by Instagram. "There will always be sad humans who report my images, but I will NEVER let this stop me celebrating and  normalizing the miracle of life. In these series of photos, the natural beauty of breastfeeding shine," she posted on Facebook.

    Ivette Ivens
    , the photographer behind the book Breastfeeding Goddesses, also encountered hurdles when nursing her her two young kids. "My breastfeeding experience is wonderful now, but I've been through the tough times when it hurt or leaked, or when people weren't happy with me nursing in public," Ivette shares with People. She adds, "I had to overcome all this and it made me stronger, more confident and even understanding. I wanted to inspire other moms and show people the divine side of breastfeeding." 

    Many other moms and photographers have joined in to further the cause of normalizing breastfeeding. Nursing with a cover or without, it shouldn't matter. These photos are proof that breastfeeding is beautiful--it's natural and it is, after all, an act of love. 

    IMAGE Ivette Ivens

    IMAGE Ivette Ivens

    IMAGE Ivette Ivens

    IMAGE Ivette Ivens

     

    IMAGE Melissa Jean Photography

    IMAGE Melissa Jean Photography

    IMAGE Melissa Jean Photography

    IMAGE Mandy Kay Photography

    IMAGE Angel Murphy Photography

    IMAGE Blee Photography

    IMAGE Paulina Splechta Photography

    Social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram have revised their policies on posting breastfeeding photos. 

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