Earlier this week Philips Aventa leading manufacturer of breast pumps, sterilisers and baby bottles, hosted a breastdebate on twitter. Breasts, breasts, as far as the eye can see. And the more we talk about them, the less real your own can start to feel.
In the September issue of GlamourOlivia Wilde is shown breast-feeding her three-month-old son, Otis. She looks stunning and strong — essentially the very definition of maternal — and it appears she's part of budding trend. More and more celebrities are sharing images of themselves breast-feeding, and we imagine that they're thinking what Olivia so eloquently said.
Let me start by saying I think breastfeeding is totally natural and beautiful and I applaud all moms who breastfeed their babies bc I know first hand how challenging it can be. But lately my news feed has been blowing up with breasts. Am I the only one who feels breastfeeding is a private bonding time between you and your baby, so why post this on social media?
She posted it late last year. She lovingly watched the fishlike motions of the toothless mouth and she imagined that with her milk there flowed into her little son her deepest thoughts, concepts and dreams. The photo got mixed reactions - most were positive from herfollowers. But the photo was taken down from the social media site, prompting a huge backlash.
Facebook disabled a mother's account after she posted a photo of her breastfeeding a stranger's child with her own. Rebecca Wanosik, from Missouri, uploaded the picture online showing how she helped a mother she had never met after recieving a text message from a friend. The baby in question had only ever been breast fed and was refusing a bottle after her mother had been hospitalised.
Adult nursing — the act of breastfeeding another adult — has been documented for centuries. To modern eyes it all sounds a little bit, well, strange. We generally consider breastfeeding to be restricted to mothers and babies.
Bras can be many things—sexy, supportive, confidence-boosting, confidence-crushing, liberating, restricting—but one thing they're not is unmentionable. This week, ELLE. Here, we look at the trials of post-breastfeeding bra-shopping.
Kate Hudson is the definition of fitspiration. But recently, the founder of Fabletics and WW ambassador took things to a whole other level. Her friend Erin Foster took to her Instagram Stories to show the actress breastfeeding her 3-month-old daughter, Rani Rose, in the middle of a workout. The year-old is seen getting her sweat on with MIRRORa digital smart mirror that displays live and on-demand workouts including cardio, strength, yoga, Pilates, barre, boxing, and even stretching.
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Considering how prevalent images of breasts are in our culture, it's a bit of a mystery why breastfeeding in public is still considered so taboo. Sadly, the whole thing goes down roughly how you'd expect. Breastfeeding is not only natural, it's the whole reason women have breasts in the first place. And yet, breastfeeding continues to be treated as something shameful or secret that should be kept out of sight.