This Photographer Found A Unique Way To Normalize Breastfeeding By Showcasing The Negative Things Moms Hear

“Absolutely no mother should be in public feeling ashamed because her baby is hungry."

Breastfeeding is one of the healthiest ways moms can provide nutrition to their babies. Not only do the cells, hormones, and antibodies in breastmilk help protect babies from illness, but nursing also helps a mother's health and healing following childbirth, according to the Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Despite the benefits, breastfeeding in public is often taboo in our society. So, one photographer named Nicki Kaylor set out to highlight the rude comments mothers hear to normalize what should be something beautiful and natural. Her series, titled Latched With Love, comes just in time for August, which is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. 

"There's so much judgement against mothers nursing their babies in public," Kaylor told A Plus regarding the inspiration behind the series. 



Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography
Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography

"Absolutely no mother should be in public feeling ashamed because her baby is hungry and she has to feed it," she continued. "I did this as a movement to normalize breastfeeding. It's OK to nurse your baby in public, even if you don't have something to cover up with."

Kaylor found the "9 awesome mamas" she photographed after creating an event on Facebook, asking everyone to tag any breastfeeding mothers they knew. As she captured them breastfeeding their babies, the moms held up signs with negative comments they've heard from strangers while breastfeeding in public.

Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography
Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography

As a mother herself, Kaylor personally dealt with the shame that many women face when breastfeeding their babies in public. While she bottle fed her oldest child, the experience was quite different when she began breastfeeding her second child.

"I felt really uncomfortable nursing in public, which no mother should feel about feeding her child," she confessed.

On one occasion, she felt the need to rush to her car to breastfeed her daughter in private, rather than feed her crying child inside the Walmart where she was shopping. Kaylor later realized her need for privacy had nothing to do with her or her daughter, but instead to avoid people's reactions.

Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography
Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography

"A mother shouldn't have to go out of her way to feed her child in private because she's scared of the inappropriate comments or judgmental stares in public," she said.

From her personal experience to sharing what other mothers are going through, Kaylor decided to make an impact through photography, which "captures the raw emotions in people."

"I hope that anyone that sees my series comes to the realization that it is just a mother feeding her child and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it and it should not be frowned upon," she said. "It's normal. It's natural. It's beautiful."   

Kaylor's series, and others like it, are helping to broaden our understanding of why it's so important we normalize public breastfeeding. And the women who share their stories of standing up to people who have shamed them are helping other moms see it is their right to feed their child in public without feeling like they are doing something illicit or wrong. 

See more from Nicki Kaylor's "Latched With Love" photo series below.

Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography
Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography
Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography
Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography


Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography
Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography
Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography
Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography
Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography
Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography
Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography
Photo Courtesy Nicki Kaylor Photography

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