‘The Honest Body Project’ Aims to Normalize Breastfeeding In Public
Breastfeeding in Public
We’ve said it before and we’ll continue saying it, it is time to normalize breastfeeding in public. Luckily, the moms have stellar advocates on their own side to assist alleviate the stigmas that this act needs to be completed privately. One of these winners is photographer and writer Natalie McCain. The mother-of-two has capitalized on her artistic abilities by injecting energy into her site and book, both titled,” The Terrible Body Project, which displays large photograph set of mother’s nursing to “make people more conscious of how organic breastfeeding in public would be.”
“Look, I get it. If you’re not used to seeing nursing images, or women breastfeeding in public, it can be strange to see. If only people understood, that is why we do this. That is why breastfeeding images are needed. The more it is seen, the less it is unknown,” McCain wrote in a note among her powerful photos. “The more people are exposed to it, the more normal it becomes. Women don’t nurse in public for attention. We don’t share these images for praise. We share them so that the next generation of breastfeeding women will have it a little easier. If we open the eyes of even just a few people, it makes it worth it.”
The collection of pictures show all sorts of moms with ages of kids nursing in various public domains such as the playground, and also just merely walking down the road whilst shopping. We adore how McCain catches the realness of mothers sitting with each other, multiple children nursing at a time, along with pedestrians turning to seem as a mother feeds her child.
“It was empowering. I loved being able to show that not only is it perfectly ok to breastfeed in public, it’s normal. It doesn’t matter how old the child is either. I’m happy to show people that extended breastfeeding is more common than you think and more people should be encouraging it instead of questioning when you’re going to wean,” one mother told McCain.
“I hope that these images help to make people more aware of how natural breastfeeding in public is. The more we see it, the more normal it becomes. I will continue to spread my message until hopefully one day no Mother will be shamed for nursing in public or feel embarrassed to do so,” McCain told Parents.
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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Natalie McCain