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Hein Koh’s Breastfeeding Picture Teaches Us More Lessons Than One

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Hein Koh’s breastfeeding picture went viral and is still making waves! (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/<a href="https://www.facebook.com/heinkoh">Hein Koh</a>)

Breastfeeding children is just as normal as eating food off the dining tables, don’t you think?

Hein Koh, a resident of Brooklyn, New York is an artist and mother of 17-month-old twin girls.

As mundane as this piece of information sounds, Koh has been silently scripting a revolution for pregnant women and young mothers.

When Koh was pregnant she often brooded about the disappearance of women, especially artists, from the professional front after they had children. She was itching to make a difference. Her endeavour was to make an artist’s work stand alone irrespective of the gender.

Men are allowed to have kids and still be taken seriously as artists, but when women have kids, people just assume their ambition and creativity will be compromised.
Hein Koh to BuzzFeed
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When her babies were five weeks old, Koh’s husband uploaded a photograph of her breastfeeding her girls while working on the computer.

This is Hein Koh’s photograph that went viral. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/<a href="https://www.facebook.com/heinkoh">Hein Koh</a>)
This is Hein Koh’s photograph that went viral. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Hein Koh)
I don’t usually take my shirt completely off when I breastfeed, but for some reason I did that day, maybe because it was hot.
Hein Koh

She said she was a little hesitant to post the photo at first, but thought it was too funny not to in the end.

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Undoubtedly Koh was unaware that her photograph could become iconic. She is hopeful that some day the stereotypes associated with pregnant women and mothers would topple and their work will not be clouded by their marital or pregnancy status.

We live in a day and age when family models are changing. Women aren’t necessarily the primary caretakers anymore, so there’s no reason women can’t be as successful in their careers as men.
Hein Koh

(With inputs from BuzzFeed.)

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