Breastfeeding in public is always a hot topic of debate and a photographer from Illinois is looking to shed more positive light on the subject. Ivette Ivens has become a breastfeeding advocate of sorts, having breastfed her own two children, the bond it helped to develop between mother and child inspired the photographer to undertake a beautiful photography project in which Ivens photographs women breastfeeding their children, usually in nature, to help signify just how natural of an activity breastfeeding actually is.
“I want people to look at it as if it was a cat nursing her baby kittens. Or any other mammal, if you’re not a cat person. Forget the covering up, nursing in a public bathroom, age restrictions. It’s between a mother and her child.”
As her portfolio of portraits continues to grow, Ivens plans on releasing a book this year which she is aptly titling Breastfeeding Goddesses. A title Ivens’ gorgeous photographs most certainly live up to–take a look.
If you will be in the Chicago area on May 3rd, 2015, you can swing by 1858 West Grand Avenue to explore the photographs in person at Iven’s “I Breastfeed My Toddler” artshow. Her book will be available for pre-order at the event or you can contact the photographer on her website or Facebook for more information.