Racy Or Beauty? These Breast Feeding Moms Are Blowing Up The Internet!

By Amanda Monteiro | Conscious Evolution

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It’s almost comical to think about the general public’s reaction to breasts when taken outside the realm of sex. Women’s bodies have always been portrayed as sexual objects, and the underlying assumption seems to be that, because pleasure can be derived from a woman’s breasts and vagina, these parts can’t also serve a function beyond stimulating pleasure.

There are many reasons for this misconception, of course. We live in a highly sexualized culture which promotes the objectification of women in every realm, and this has been so pervasive and so longstanding that it has become normalized in our culture. So while we each have an individual responsibility to question these norms and think beyond them, it’s important to at least acknowledge the difficulty of moving beyond them as a collective.


So what is the best way to tackle this issue? We must use the same method: expose society to a different norm that allows for the human right of women to freely express themselves through whichever decision they choose to make about their bodies, and especially about the well-being of their offspring.

U.S gym chain Equinox is trying to do just that, creating a campaign this year called “Commit to Something” in which one of their seven images depicts model Lydia Hearst pretending to breastfeed twins in a high-end restaurant.

Fashion photographer Steven Klein, who shot the campaign, argues for a more modern and inclusive approach to advertising moving forward:

It is the responsibility of advertising to communicate modern times and social issues. This campaign addresses today’s issues and social commentaries, which is a powerful approach instead of portraying people as superficial objects with no narrative.

Photographer Ivette Ivens also works to break down the stigma of women and breasts with beautiful photos of real mothers celebrating breastfeeding. She writes, “Breastfeeding can be messy, uncomfortable, and even painful at times, but the mother’s inner consciousness tells another story.”

Below is a series of images from her book, Breastfeeding Goddesses. “The images in this book depict the way each woman feels while nursing: pure, beautiful, saintly, celestial,” explains Ivens. “She is a beauty in an ancient mural. A powerful miracle in the snow. A golden ray on the shore. A Breastfeeding Goddess.”

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Sources

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/12/08/breastfeeding-in-public_n_8742972.html

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/01/06/equinox-breastfeeding-ad_n_8922254.html

https://www.popsugar.com/moms/Equinox-Ad-Features-Woman-Breastfeeding-Twins-Public-39664467

Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.

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  1. 10205445766292897@facebook.com' Robb Charnoff says:

    I think it’s awesome!

  2. angelamchance79@gmail.com' Ang says:

    It is beautiful to see a mother and child bonding and a child eating equating to any kind of sexual thoughts would only come from twisted and perverse minds. Keep feeding your babies, you got my support.

  3. 10153558774771774@facebook.com' Liam Havard says:

    I know the human body is so “racy” lmao. I can’t wait till humanity is finished with this ridiculous puritanic ideology.

  4. 487642968113075@facebook.com' Starseed Alicia says:

    Beautiful. Normal. Natural. God given. There should NEVER be shame for breastfeeding.

  5. 10154527102397788@facebook.com' Manisha Patel says:

    Racy

  6. 487642968113075@facebook.com' Starseed Alicia says:

    Ignore the haters! Ya know, once upon a time there wasn’t formula. Mother’s fed their babies straight from their breasts and if they couldn’t produce the milk themselves, more than likely a family member helped them. Mammals have done this since the beginning of time. People that think this is racy or disgusting need a HUGE REALITY CHECK! They also need to get their heads out of the gutter. If it bothers you that’s YOUR problem, not the child and mothers. Would you refuse a child’s right to feed?! If so, you have no heart!

  7. 958815967546636@facebook.com' Mike Cortez says:

    It’s a natural act made unnatural by us. If the baby isn’t complaining why should we

  8. 1597131790611165@facebook.com' MikenCaty Daury says:

    Beautiful! I’m going on 3 years of breastfeeding lol my daughter who’s almost 3 has weaned off but my 10 month old now

  9. 10153315675378691@facebook.com' Cindy Burt-Roy says:

    Amy Thiessen-Roy

  10. 194137734273684@facebook.com' Irina Toumanova says:

    I think its ridiculous that some people get offended by seeing a mother feeding an infant in public or in art when it shows a little part of the woman boob, so what!

  11. 825909870868004@facebook.com' Jesse Ray Hatch says:

    Im offended women are allowed to wear clothes

  12. 176719519371599@facebook.com' Robert Layden says:

    They should it is nature.

  13. 1577908995865070@facebook.com' Abagail Omalley says:

    i think people get upset because theyre either perverts, and see womens breasts as something sexual, and or they have grandious hang ups about themselves, and are putting those hang ups onto the first unsuspectiong person they see..pple like that would also be homophobic and terribly judgemental….

  14. 182520362122495@facebook.com' Anne Turnbull says:

    my dad once told me when I was nursing my first born there was nothing more beautiful as a mom and her baby bonding, their are there for that purpose first and fun for men second

  15. 10154018965794783@facebook.com' Giuseppe Milazzo says:

    only I care is one of the most beautiful gesture a mother can do to her child be it a human or an animal. I have seen in real and it feels me with tenderness and joy. Those who don’t appreciate it like of special capacity to appreciate such noble gesture

  16. 10205304614004075@facebook.com' Mari Loveless says:

    Just cover up in public is all I ask. Beautiful thing but I don’t have to see it while I’m eating. If I go somewhere top less then I will be arrested. Does that make sense to you?

    • 487642968113075@facebook.com' Starseed Alicia says:

      In most cases you won’t actually see a nipple or areola. Most breastfeeding mom’s are pretty subtle about it. It’s not like they purposely flash their Boobs for everyone to see. They’re feeding their child. Plain and simple. If you don’t wanna see- advert your eyes.

  17. 1656689144576593@facebook.com' Aoun Ali says:

    Breast milk cannot be substitute with powder (formula):

    * Breast milk has chemicals that are considered dangerous but in-fact they are in our environment exceeding the adaptation of a kid in polluted environment.

    * Breast milk has the right temperature that helps with kid’s: temp, digestive system and enzymes are alive and active at certain temp.

    * Stomach viruses, lower respiratory illnesses, ear infections, and meningitis occur less often in breastfed babies

    * Immune factors such as secretory IgA (only available in breast milk) help prevent allergic reactions

    * Breast feeding creates bond between mother and child by the release of oxytocin

    * The oxytocin released when your baby nurses helps your uterus contract, reducing postdelivery blood loss

    * IQ scores and other intelligence tests that prolonged and exclusive breastfeeding significantly improves cognitive development

    * Breastfeeding reduces a child’s risk of becoming overweight as a teen or adult

    * For mother: she can easily lose pregnancy fat; breast milk is high in fat.

    * Women who didn’t breastfeed or who stopped breastfeeding early on had a higher risk of postpartum depression.

    * The longer women breastfeed, the more they’re protected against breast and ovarian cancer

    * Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of sudden infant death syndrome by about half

    * Breast milk content changes (considering individual baby) over time to nourish better whereas Formula stays the same.

  18. 194137734273684@facebook.com' Irina Toumanova says:

    If some people are offended from women feeding babies on the public, what will happen next? Women won’t be allowed to use swimwear in public?

    • 925503330832346@facebook.com' Cheryl Lynn Gibbs Bowen says:

      It’s not about attire it is about culture. Some culture’s don’t mind naked breasts, nipple showing, while others do. Public space is shared by all, just be discrete where and when needed. Breast feeding doesn’t need to be a political statement, a shock and awe against cultural standards.

  19. 1684344925182239@facebook.com' John Evans says:

    Great news!

  20. 10209131095980873@facebook.com' Will Newkirk says:

    I hate those bangs

  21. 986836398061709@facebook.com' Sylvia Bustamante says:

    It can be done discreetly, what’s wrong with that?

  22. 1183387731676947@facebook.com' Joe Bizumo says:

    Hitler was heavily fed by power formula,and we got the thing

  23. 925503330832346@facebook.com' Cheryl Lynn Gibbs Bowen says:

    Just feed your baby and get on with it, stop making it a political statement. Public space is shared by all so just be discrete or not where and when needed, that’s the real issue, it’s not about feeding the baby.

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