6 Bold Breastfeeding Statements We Just Love
Image source: Elle Magazine Australia
Model, Nicole Trunfio made her point known when she graced the cover of Elle Australia in 2015 while breastfeeding her son, Zion. Like many, Trunfio didn’t have an easy ride with breastfeeding and struggled with mastitis, but she said she did the cover to tackle the taboo and increase breastfeeding education..
“Hopefully one day when a woman is breastfeeding, she won't be met with embarrassment and judgment.”
Kudos to Elle Aus for taking the lead. The cover is still one of our all-time favourites.
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Even Victoria’s Secret models are jumping on board! Candice Swanepoel, posted a photo on Instagram of her breastfeeding son, Anacã, with the caption:
“Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children. I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I've done in the name of art?”
“The world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast… why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding? Breastfeeding is not sexual it's natural.”
We are right behind you Candice!
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In May 2017, Larissa Waters became the first woman to breastfeed in Australian Parliament. One month later, she then became the first woman to breastfeed while addressing Parliament. Without batting an eyelid she just took a huge step-forward for mums in the workplace. Thanks Larissa.
“I am so proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the Federal Parliament,” Waters said in May.
“We need more women and parents in Parliament. And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone.”
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Sometimes, less is more. Thandie Newton summed it up by simply stating: “This is what my body is made for. And the rest is my choice,” beneath this image on her Instagram.
Yes, Thandie. Couldn't have said it better ourselves.
Source: Glamour magazine
In a Glamour photoshoot, Olivia was captured in a beautiful moment while breastfeeding her son, Otis and said it was really just a part of who she was.
"Being shot with Otis is so perfect because any portrait of me right now isn't complete without my identity as a mother being a part of that. Breastfeeding is the most natural thing. I don't know, now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast. It felt like we were capturing that multifaceted woman we've been discussing—that we know we can be. You can be someone who is at once maternal and professional and sexy and self-possessed. [But] I mean, I certainly don't really look like that when I'm [typically] breast-feeding. And there's usually a diaper involved."
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Teresa Palmer has been a long-time advocate for breastfeeding, after she was criticised for feeding over the age of 2. We love this image of her breastfeeding her son, Bodhi, on Bondi Beach. It could be the iconic beach view, the black and white filter, or maybe it's because she looks totally at ease doing her thing in a crowded public space, the way it should be.
While many are aiming to normalize breastfeeding, some are just exercising their rights. In England and Wales, your right to breastfeed in public is covered by The Equality Act 2010 which states, "A business cannot discriminate against mothers who are breastfeeding a child of any age."
We truly love these women for being confident enough to break taboos and create change by speaking out. Whether you’re bottle or boob, if you do it in private or public, the choice is yours. But feeding your child isn’t something to be frowned upon or ashamed of.