According to HuffPost on Monday, the October 2013 Netherlands Vogue issue shows a photo of 21 year old new mother, Ymre Stiekema, breastfeeding her child. Ymre also posed for Vogue last year while she was pregnant.
Ymre Stiekema is dressed in 17th century garments while posing in the traditional stiff position. Breastfeeding is not something that would be seen in a traditional Dutch photo.
Lisa Fogarty, from The Stir, believes there are three reasons why photos such as this one are important and helpful to mothers. She believes they help to normalize the concept of breastfeeding in public since so many remain uncomfortable with the idea of public breastfeeding. She said, 'sometimes the only way to make something seem as normal as it is is to shock people continually with images until those images are, well, not at all shocking.'
Lisa also believes the photos build confidence in mothers who believe breastfeeding is physically draining by providing images of mothers who look confident and in control all while they are breastfeeding. She says the images also, 'reinforce the idea that all women do not collapse in an exhausted heap each time they nurse.'
Lisa lastly says the photographs help show that breastfeeding does not define a mother. Saying breastfeeding is, 'simply something some moms do to nourish their babies.' She also points out that breastfeeding does not rule the woman's life, it is only part of her life.
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