What does Maleficent and breastfeeding have in common? Well, maybe nothing. But these two elements were the perfect combination for a recent viral photo shoot featuring Florida-based mom and photographer Yaky Di Roma of Di Roma Photography and her 3-year-old son Hans.
The image, which was done as a self-portrait, shows the fierce Disney-loving mama dressed as the villain from Sleeping Beauty, and her little boy, who has autism.
And that's why there is more to the photos than meets the eye. While Di Roma told the Huffington Post, "I wanted to break the rules of the soft and airy mom photo," she also hoped to highlight the bond between herself and Hans. As she explained to the HuffPost, his autism means he has had a hard time transitioning, and breastfeeding comforts him.
"Of course I want to do whatever I can to help him. I just want to be a good mom and in the end, that's what moms want to do, right? Be good moms to their little ones," Di Roma said.
About extended breastfeeding, the mom admits, "It's been long, I'm not going to lie. But I wouldn't change anything about it."
Di Roma joked to Parents.com about her son's reaction to her Maleficent costume on the day of the shoot, "He didn't find it strange because I dress like that often but without the horns!"
She added, "With that photo I've received tons of support and tons of hate as well, but wayyyy more support."
You certainly have ours!
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