While tandem nursing got a little crazy, logistically-speaking, for Lucy AitkenRead and her two girls, she wouldn't have had it any other way. I'd have a foot in my armpit and a knee in my neck. Finally, there'd be a peaceful three minutes of sweet gulping and then the 2-year-old would be climbing on my head!
When Alabama photographer Cheyanne Booker first gave birth to her month-old daughter, she had a tough time breastfeeding. The year-old wanted to ensure that other women who chose to nurse but struggled with it knew they weren't alone, so she created a beautiful photo series featuring moms who went through similar ordeals. I also couldn't pump milk whatsoever.
Breastfeeding mothers are accusing Facebook of censorship again. In what's become an ongoing quarrel, Heather Stultz and Cece Buehner, founders of a "Respect the Breast" community page about breastfeeding on Facebook, are the latest activists to call out the social network for removing photos of nursing moms. Facebook pulled four breastfeeding photos last week, Stultz told The Huffington Post, adding that this isn't the first time the "Respect the Breast" page has been the target of breastfeeding censorship.
As the public breastfeeding debate rages on, Facebook have updated their nudity policy to clarify their stance on breastfeeding photos. The official announcement, posted under Facebook's Community Standardsreads: "We restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring. While many thought Facebook's update to be directly related to increased pressure from 'brelfies', the site maintains that it has always allowed breastfeeding photos.
The details of these laws in certain areas do not specify whether a mother needs to be covered up while breastfeeding in public, or to what degree, which is still a topic of debate. One woman was so tired of hearing all the shaming that she decided to set the record straight once and for all. Rene Johnson took to Facebook, where she outlined the place of public breastfeeding in American history in a now-viral post.
But these powerful, beautiful, sometimes raw images of women breastfeeding their babies are proof of the strength, determination and love that moms from across the country have for their newborns. This beautiful bride took the to-have-and-to-hold part of her wedding vows to a whole new level as she nursed her new baby boy mid-ceremony. That can be especially true for babies with Down syndrome, whose poor muscle tone may interfere with a good latch.
You want to know why your Instagram account was closed because of nudity? Because you exposed your entire bosom to the world! Friends, I am a big fan of nursing those babies — yes, even in public!
These seemingly-painted images may look like they were created by an artist, but these mementos can be made with just a few taps on your phone. The social media movement picked up the tree of life, a symbol for new life, good health and bright futures, to exemplify the benefits and connection breastfeeding gives mom and baby. Despite their intricate, hand-painted look, these pictures are super easy to create. It takes one app and just a couple minutes.
The Breastfeeding Around the World photo campaign features mothers from different socioeconomic statuses, races and occupations. The photographer then traveled to major cities, smaller towns and even rural villages. Although the World Health Organization recommends children up to six months be breastfed exclusively, breastfeeding rates vary considerably by country.
Trends come and go, but the Tree of Life breastfeeding selfiewhich became popular indoesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon. Through a photo app called PicsArt, moms have been creating their Tree of Life photos by transforming a beautiful moment of nourishing their child into an equally stunning photo illustration. These unique "Tree of Life" images have gone viral time and time again as moms across social media upload their individual artistic creations.