Photographer Ivette Ivens wants to make public breastfeeding the norm. The Lithuanian-born Chicago resident takes highly stylized photographs of mothers breastfeeding outside to remind everyone that it’s “a totally normal thing.” 25-year-old Ivens is a mother of two, and breastfed her older son until he was three.
“I nursed them both anywhere I wanted. From church to parties, from farmers market to high-end designer stores. I believe that mothers should nurse their little ones whenever they want to,” states Ivens. She is also a proponent for extended breastfeeding. “Children know when it’s time to wean off. Mothers do too. Strangers don’t know, so they shouldn’t care.”
Ivens recently held an exhibition in Chicago titled “I breastfeed my toddler”; later this year, she is releasing her photo-book, Breastfeeding Goddess. Ivens also specializes in family photography.
Ivette Ivens’ book “Breastfeeding Goddess” is available for purchase here.
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