What's 100 percent natural, essential to both the baby's and mom's well-being, yet prone to irrational criticism?
If your guess was breastfeeding, you're absolutely right.
When photographer Tara Ruby was in the U.S. Air Force in the '90s, support for breastfeeding moms was not an "option or a consideration." So when she heard news that the Fort Bliss Army post in El Paso, Texas, was building a dedicated nursing room for moms in uniform, Ruby decided she had to show her support.
With help from the Fort Bliss Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Training Program (P3T), Ruby put out a call for nursing moms for a photo shoot that many are calling groundbreaking.
Willing moms showed up in full uniform with their babies tagging along.
The result is a powerful, intimate group portrait of 10 uniformed female soldiers breastfeeding their babies.
Ruby throws her full support behind the movement to normalize breastfeeding. The El Paso based photographer told The Huffington Post that she hoped the portrait shows military moms that they can be "amazing mothers and soldiers at the same time."
"We have come so far," Ruby wrote in an emotional post on Facebook that has since gone viral.
"Breastfeeding their babies doesn't make them less of a soldier, I believe it makes them a better one. Juggling the tasks and expectations of a soldier, plus providing for their own in the best way they possibly can, makes these ladies even stronger for it."
Cover image via Tara Ruby