At a time when mothers are routinely shamed for breastfeeding their children in public, photographer Ivette Ivens wants to normalize the practice through a beautiful portrait series.
Her ongoing project “Breastfeeding Goddesses” features ethereal portraits of mothers feeding their children outside of the home. As Ivens tells Mashable, “My own experience inspired me to spread the word and encourage other mothers, as well as non-mothers to see breastfeeding the way it’s supposed to be seen,” she says. “My message is simple: anywhere, anytime.”
In each portrait, the settings are often quiet outdoor spaces and her subjects are nearly nude or draped in airy fabrics. Though the series shows scenes of serenity that are often far from the reality of breastfeeding a child in public, Ivens says she’s not striving for the realistic.
“My images might seem unrealistic, and I’m not aiming to show the raw side of it,” she said. “My goal is to reveal how each mother feels while breastfeeding their child.”