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Stunning Photos Of Moms Breastfeeding Outside Show Nursing In Public Is OK
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Stunning Photos Of Moms Breastfeeding Outside Show Nursing In Public Is OK

Photographer Ivette Ivens wants to make public breastfeeding the norm. The Lithuanian-born Chicago resident takes highly stylized portrait photography shots of mothers breastfeeding in public 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. “Little kids know when it’s time for weaning 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 taking beautiful pictures of families.

More info: ivetteivens.com | Facebook | Instagram | Amazon

Ivette Ivens’ book “Breastfeeding Goddess” is available for purchase here.

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AmandaMacfarlane
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6 years ago

Whilst very stylised and beautiful, these photographs do not show breastfeeding as it is in the real world. If I had to be fully naked just to breastfeed it would put me off as I do not wish to be naked in public!! Also there is a slightly pornographic air about these photos and those perverts in the world who focus their eyes on children will have a field day with them. In fact I have seen more innocent photos of children removed from Facebook for less exposure!! Just because we want to breast feed does not mean we have the right to make everyone around us uncomfortable while we do so - A little modestly and discretion goes a long way. respect others as well ourselves

RinLovett
Community Member
6 years ago

There is nothing pornographic about these pictures. Have a word with yourself woman!

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CorinaTusinean
Community Member
6 years ago

As the intention was to provoke and stir a controversy i call it a success and the photos as art are beautiful. Which is why i consider this project a fail in the attempt to promote breast feeding in public as normal moral and un-sexual. For breastfeeding to become more widely accepted people need to get used to seeing it as a natural feeding process and this will take time, it will take women to prove that the purpose is to feed and nurture not to provoke and offend. So i fail to see how these photos will serve this purpose as they are somewhat erotic. I don't think the mothers are under-dressed for the kids benefit. If you strive for breastfeeding in public why the nature setting and the only pic set in the city features a mother dressed inappropriately for the weather (see the people behind her), then why the need for a sheer sexy dress? I don't think breastfeeding should be done in hiding or under a blanket but it shouldn't be done as a display with sexual innuendos.

DarcyReeder
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6 years ago

There are other photos, like http://www.buzzfeed.com/southerndisposition/25-historical-images-that-normalize-breastfeeding-jlw6#.ocDG3Y4vg , that show everyday-breastfeeding. As a nursing mom, I love those, and I also see reasons for these photos to picture dolled up ladies -- the beauty of these photos communicates the way we FEEL during the best nursing sessions, a feeling people who have never experienced it wouldn't otherwise understand -- the beautiful love of actually giving of your own body to nourish someone who relies on you. In this way, it's just like beautiful pregnancy photos. Another thing it has in common with beautiful pregnancy shots is that it's important for some women who probably feel overwhelmed, exhausted, maybe not at their ideal size/shape, most days hair undone, smelly, etc, etc. to connect to the beautiful person they are, to the fact that their newfound motherhood makes them even more beautiful. I wish I had shots like this of me and my baby.

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Troux
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6 years ago

The artist needs to decide between making a statement and making a gallery. These photos are in no way demonstrating what is OK in public.

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AmandaMacfarlane
Community Member
6 years ago

Whilst very stylised and beautiful, these photographs do not show breastfeeding as it is in the real world. If I had to be fully naked just to breastfeed it would put me off as I do not wish to be naked in public!! Also there is a slightly pornographic air about these photos and those perverts in the world who focus their eyes on children will have a field day with them. In fact I have seen more innocent photos of children removed from Facebook for less exposure!! Just because we want to breast feed does not mean we have the right to make everyone around us uncomfortable while we do so - A little modestly and discretion goes a long way. respect others as well ourselves

RinLovett
Community Member
6 years ago

There is nothing pornographic about these pictures. Have a word with yourself woman!

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CorinaTusinean
Community Member
6 years ago

As the intention was to provoke and stir a controversy i call it a success and the photos as art are beautiful. Which is why i consider this project a fail in the attempt to promote breast feeding in public as normal moral and un-sexual. For breastfeeding to become more widely accepted people need to get used to seeing it as a natural feeding process and this will take time, it will take women to prove that the purpose is to feed and nurture not to provoke and offend. So i fail to see how these photos will serve this purpose as they are somewhat erotic. I don't think the mothers are under-dressed for the kids benefit. If you strive for breastfeeding in public why the nature setting and the only pic set in the city features a mother dressed inappropriately for the weather (see the people behind her), then why the need for a sheer sexy dress? I don't think breastfeeding should be done in hiding or under a blanket but it shouldn't be done as a display with sexual innuendos.

DarcyReeder
Community Member
6 years ago

There are other photos, like http://www.buzzfeed.com/southerndisposition/25-historical-images-that-normalize-breastfeeding-jlw6#.ocDG3Y4vg , that show everyday-breastfeeding. As a nursing mom, I love those, and I also see reasons for these photos to picture dolled up ladies -- the beauty of these photos communicates the way we FEEL during the best nursing sessions, a feeling people who have never experienced it wouldn't otherwise understand -- the beautiful love of actually giving of your own body to nourish someone who relies on you. In this way, it's just like beautiful pregnancy photos. Another thing it has in common with beautiful pregnancy shots is that it's important for some women who probably feel overwhelmed, exhausted, maybe not at their ideal size/shape, most days hair undone, smelly, etc, etc. to connect to the beautiful person they are, to the fact that their newfound motherhood makes them even more beautiful. I wish I had shots like this of me and my baby.

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Troux
Community Member
6 years ago

The artist needs to decide between making a statement and making a gallery. These photos are in no way demonstrating what is OK in public.

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