There is something incredibly powerful, touching, and just so stunning about a beautifully photographed mother breastfeeding her child. It is an intimate and important act of a time that is oh-so-fleeting, but most (until recently) have not chosen to have it documented — but this is changing and changing fast.
Model Natalia Vodianova shared a gorgeous image on her Instagram account of her breastfeeding her month-old baby, Maxim. But this isn’t your average mother/son photo. Vodianova looks directly into the lens of the camera, with her son Maxim latched on, oh and both of them are naked (you can check out the entire image here.)
While Vodianova happens to be not just a model but a supermodel (so she’s in the business of looking flawless in photos), she is not alone in sharing this personal moment with her social media followers. Average (read: non-supermodel moms) are doing the same thing; having these photos not just taken, but posting them for the world to see.
“I thought it was beautiful,” Dannette Sharpley told Today.com about sharing her own breastfeeding photo. “People had really kind things to say. I loved being able to share that moment with friends of mine who are also nursing.”
But this trend has not been without its share of controversy. There have been multiple issues with social media sites, like Facebook, blocking breastfeeding photos due to their rules about nudity. Recently, Scout Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) stirred things up when she posted topless photos on Instagram in protest of their decency policy with the tag #FreeTheNipple.
Regardless of the rules and regulations on various social media platforms, these photos continue to be shared. And people, apparently, love to see these touching images. For example, Vodianova’s breastfeeding photo has almost forty thousand likes on Instagram so far. If you don’t want to share the image with the world, that is completely understandable, not all of us are that free-spirited.
“Just get the shot,” photographer Stacie Turner said. “You’re gonna want it. Even if it’s not something you want to put on Facebook or hang on the wall, it’s a really important part of life for women for a really long time.”
Have you ever had a photo taken of in the act of breastfeeding? If not, would you?
Photo Source: Natalia Vodianova/ Instagram