Inspiration: Breastfeeding Goddesses #WorldBreastfeedingWeek


Photographer Ivette Ivens is on a mission to show just how ‘pure, beautiful, saintly and celestial’ breastfeeding is, and we think she’s succeeded.



 




 
Breastfeeding has become a controversial topic in recent years, with debates over where mothers should be able to breastfeed and whether Facebook should allow images of women breastfeeding to appear in newsfeeds.
 
And now Ivens, a Lithuanian-born photographer and breastfeeding advocate, has shot a number of stunning images which depict breastfeeding in its most beautiful and raw form.
 
 




The ethereal images feature a number of women from all over America nursing their children in fairy tale settings, including lakes, forests and lavender fields.

Talking about her own experiences, 25-year-old Ivens, who is a mother-of-two, explained: ‘I nursed them both anywhere I wanted.

From church to parties, from farmers’ markets to high-end designer stores. I believe that mothers should nurse their little ones whenever they want to.’




 
On the subject of extended breastfeeding, of which she is an advocate (she breastfed her eldest child till he was three), Ivens went on: ‘Children know when it’s time to wean off. Mothers do too. Strangers don’t know, so they shouldn’t care.’
 
And now Ivens is set to publish a book of her incredible images, called Breastfeeding Goddesses.
The book’s blurb explains: ‘Breastfeeding can be messy, uncomfortable, and even painful at times, but the mother’s inner consciousness tells another story. The images in this book depict the way each woman feels while nursing: pure, beautiful, saintly, celestial.’

It goes on: ‘She is a beauty in an ancient mural. A powerful miracle in the snow. A golden ray on the shore. A Breastfeeding Goddess.’
 







 
 
Follow Ivette Ivens on Facebook and Instagram, and see more of her work on her website.
 
 
 






 

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