A group of fierce mothers in Alabama came together for a powerful photo shoot that celebrates the natural act of breastfeeding and to remove the negative stigma that can sometimes be associated with it.
The nine mothers game together when Alabama mom, Angela Warren, posted to Facebook in search of local breastfeeding mothers who were willing to participate in a PSA photo shoot for Black Breastfeeding Week. The mothers quickly bonded during the original shoot and used their newfound friendship to start the support group the Chocolate Milk Mommies Of Birmingham. The photos that went viral are from the group's second shoot.
The mothers sat with their heads adorned with crowns -- a reminder that they are queens -- for the photo shoot shot by photographer Lakisha Cohill, who says she never expected the shoot to go viral.
“I had no idea it would go viral. I just wanted to spread a beautiful, positive message through art, because these images are so powerful, and tell so many beautiful stories. Each woman represents a different chapter, including the one behind the lens,” says the photographer.
26-year-old, first-time mom Rauslyn Adams told Yahoo Lifestyle, “to breastfeed, it takes strength, patience and poise." Spoken like a true queen, she went on to say, “This photo was for awareness, for all the women who don’t have support in breastfeeding. This photo is also for women of color, because breastfeeding is considered taboo in our community."
Charity Moore, 26, another one of the participating mothers, told Yahoo Lifestyle, “We wanted to do something to capture the essence of how natural breastfeeding is.” There is no better way to make the community more aware that #blackwomendobreastfeed than to allow it to be depicted naturally. Moore continued, "We chose to come together to normalize breastfeeding. And it’ll never be ‘normal,’ unless it’s seen.”
Moore even went on to address all the haters out there who have issues with women breastfeeding, “Stop treating breastfeeding like it’s some dirty shameful act that people should keep hidden."
“Did we take these photos for attention?” she says. “We absolutely did, because we have to erase the stigma amongst the black community as it relates to breastfeeding.”
Why are women shamed for breastfeeding in public? And furthermore, why has the black community not embraced this natural act of bonding between mother and child? As a people we have to break outside of the boxes we have been placed in and be open to new -- sometimes better-- ways of raising and nurturing our children.
Moore went on to say, "Breastfeeding is an amazing part of life and should be celebrated, not treated like some dirty little secret."
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