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