Photographer Hits Back After Gorgeous Breastfeeding Photos Come Under Fire
When haters attacked Tamara Eccelstone after she posted a photo of herself breastfeeding her 3-year-old, the photographer behind the stunning image stepped up to support her.
Chicago photographer Ivette Ivens—author of Breastfeeding Goddesses—is already known for her stunning photographs of women nursing. Now she's continuing her effort to normalize breastfeeding by supporting one of her subjects, heiress Tamara Ecclestone, who was recently attacked by haters after sharing a beautiful image of herself nursing her 3-year-old daughter on Instagram.
"Find it a very sad and surprising sign of the times and the world we live in that the act of breast feeding your child evokes such hatred in so many bitter people," Ecclestone wrote in a follow-up post. "I am astonished that breast feeding mums get such a hard time as there is no reason why we should. To me there is nothing but love in this photograph and I find is such a shame that it brings out anger in some of you. I chose love. I want my daughter to grow up in a better world where this is nothing but normal."
Tell 'em, Tamara!
Then Ivens—who shot both pictures of Ecclestone—got in on the action with her own response on Instagram, alongside yet another breathtaking shot of Ecclestone breastfeeding. "If out of all things that can offend people, they choose to judge a breastfeeding mother—they are simply a proof of what is wrong with our society," she wrote in the caption. "Remember—everything you feel is because you choose to feel it. Choose to love. Choose to accept. Choose to let go."
Ivens said she chose to willingly enter the discussion because she's no stranger to receiving negative comments while breastfeeding her own children in public. "When I saw [Ecclestone] receiving the same treatment I did, I felt a big urge to fight back and show the world how divine it actually is," she explained. "Normalizing breastfeeding is my passion and mission, and my camera is my weapon."
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Keep wielding that weapon, Mama!
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.