This Woman Wants Facebook to be More Accepting of Breastfeeding
Every time someone asks me if motherhood has been rewarding, I try to visualise in my mind’s eye which part of motherhood would suffice as the right answer; and hands down, it would be the time when I breastfeed my baby.
Science and logic apart, it is one of the most mystical things that I have experienced. The sense of wonderment I go through each time the tiny human I created comes to me for nourishment, never ceases.
But breastfeeding in public still seems to be a taboo for many and normalising the practise has never been so important.
Ivette Ivens, a professional photographer from the US, has taken it upon herself to speak about the beauty of breastfeeding through her art. She clicks her clients who are mothers, breastfeeding in the outdoors – thereby making a statement on public feeding. Her project is called ‘Breastfeeding Goddesses’ and she is one herself.
The goal of the Breastfeeding Goddesses project is to convey how breastfeeding makes a woman feel inside. All women should feel like Goddesses! I also wanted to help normalise breastfeeding in all cultures. No matter your religion or culture, breastfeeding is one of the few things that tie us mothers together and it shouldn’t be restricted.Ivette Ivens, US photographer
The photographs are stunning, to say the least. Women across countries and colours look absolutely at home, nursing one – sometimes two, of their children. Others are seen surrounded by more of their flock while the infants peacefully suckle their mother’s breast in outdoors like meadows and ponds.
Why You Should Sign the Petition That Matters
Born in Lithuania, Ivens has also been actively signing petitions that matter. She recently advocated a petition that wanted the brand Advil to take down an anti-breastfeeding advertisement. Currently, she is giving her voice to a petition that demands Facebook take action against reporters of breastfeeding photos.
Ivens has done a super hit art show called ‘I breastfeed my toddler’ and also released a book called Breastfeeding Goddesses, where one can find more of these splendid photographs. “I am a vegan and try to live as nature intended in many ways. Breastfeeding my two beautiful boys is just one of them.”
They say a picture says a thousand words. Let these photos be a thousand reasons to breastfeed your kid and not just at home.
(Runa Mukherjee Parikh has written on women, culture, social issues, education and animals, with The Times of India, India Today and IBN Live. When not hounding for stories, she can be found petting dogs, watching sitcoms or travelling. A big believer in ‘animals come before humans’, she is currently struggling to make sense of her Bengali-Gujarati lifestyle in Ahmedabad.)