breastfeeding is an ancestral gesture, which is obviously not unique to humans and is found in all mammals. However, breastfeeding in public is a subject that creates debate. According to the cultures and traditions, not all women have the same view of this practice, and it has turned out that only a minority of them feel comfortable to breastfeed in public. Most of them find it necessary to hide, to take refuge in the toilets and sometimes even to avoid leaving their homes; hence the creation, as in Canada, of nursing rooms even in shopping centers.
An observation also made by the artist Ivette Ivens, who has embarked on a powerful project to trivialize breastfeeding in public. Through a baptized bookBreastfeeding Goddesses (The goddesses of breastfeeding), she reveals beautiful photographs featuring moms proud to give breast to their child. And when we ask this mother of two about her vision of breastfeeding, she answers:
I suckled them wherever I wanted. From churches to parties, from farmers' markets to upscale designer stores. I believe that mothers should breastfeed when and where they want it. Children know when it's time to wean themselves. Mothers too. Strangers do not know it, so they should not care.
And beyond the message, we salute the beauty of the scenes captured by Ivette Ivens. We guess a great light work in his clichés which put forward all the different women, but who share the same philosophy and claim it in front of the artist's objective.
Below, we have selected for you a score of photographs all from his Instagram account, today followed by more than 54,000 people. But you can find others, in this famous book, available on Amazon: Breastfeeding Goddesses. And you, what is your view on breastfeeding in public?
Imagined by: Ivette Ivens