Breastfeeding Goddesses—Enchanting Images of Motherhood. {Photos, Nudity}

Via Alex Myles
on Jun 26, 2015
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Lithuanian Chicago resident Ivette Ivens is a firm believer in women having the right to breastfeed publicly and that it should not be stigmatized the way it has been.

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Although breast feed is highly encouraged and promoted worldwide by health organisations, it is often discouraged and looked down upon when it takes place in public.

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Ivens hopes that these images will help to normalize breastfeeding and encourage those who disapprove to view it from a new perspective.

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Ivens has just released a photo book entitled Breastfeeding Goddesses, showing stunning images of women doing what comes naturally to them, breastfeeding their children.

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Ivens’ goal with the photo series was to show how women really feel when they are breastfeeding their children.

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The settings for the shoots are usually outdoors alongside nature, although one shot was taken on a busy street, to capture and highlight the campaign of “anywhere, anytime.”

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Ivens’ explains she creates a fairy-tale theme so that, “These images depict the way each woman feels while nursing: pure, beautiful, saintly and celestial.”

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It is Ivens’ belief that women should have the free right to breastfeed wherever and whenever their child needs fed.

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Ivens fed her older child until he was just over three-years-old and still breastfeeds her 10-month-old baby and nurses them wherever she chooses whether it’s churches, parties, farmers markets or top designer stores.

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Ivens’ opinion is also that women should be free to choose how long they see fit to breastfeed and they should not be given rules on what society deems acceptable.

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The photographer’s opinion is that a mother and child are capable of making that decision between themselves and strangers have no right to make that decision, as they are not a part of that bond.

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Ivens’ hopes that raising awareness and promoting breastfeeding in public will encourage people to stop questioning an instinctive aspect of parenting and inspire people to be less critical.

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Ivens’ goal is to give mothers photographs that are meaningful and which they can treasure forever. She explains further, “My favourite part of my work is to feel. If you feel it, if you connect, magic happens.”

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The images shown here along with others that are published in Ivens’ book were recently part of an art show in Chicago which was entitled, “I breastfed my toddler: Art that explores the beauty of extended nursing.” The show celebrated the women who choose to nurse their babies for longer than is usually deemed normal in society.

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You can visit Ivens’ website here.

 

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Author: Alex Myles

Editor: Travis May

Photos: Ivette Ivens (used with permission)


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About Alex Myles

Alex Myles is a qualified yoga and Tibetan meditation teacher, Reiki Master, spiritual coach and also the author of An Empath, a newly published book that explains various aspects of existing as a highly sensitive person, for more info see https://loveandotherstuff.co The book focuses on managing emotions, energy and relationships, particularly the toxic ones that many empaths are drawn into. Her greatest loves are books, poetry, writing and philosophy. She is a curious, inquisitive, deep thinking, intensely feeling, otherworldly intuitive being who lives for signs, synchronicities and serendipities. Inspired and influenced by Carl Jung, Nikola Tesla, Anaïs Nin and Paulo Coelho, she has a deep yearning to discover many of the answers that seem to have been hidden or forgotten in today’s world. To purchase Alex’s book An Empath please click here or click here to connect with her on Facebook, or click here to join Alex’s Facebook group for empaths and highly sensitive people to connect.

Comments

8 Responses to “Breastfeeding Goddesses—Enchanting Images of Motherhood. {Photos, Nudity}”

  1. Joe says:

    If you sexualize an everyday thing you undermine your goal. The problem is sex. You cant have it both ways. Its either feeding infants or BREASTfeeding.

  2. Tip Chatterjee says:

    Very well said. I truly believe in the freedom to breastfeed. Being a mother of two, who have been breastfed, I believe that no body should intervene into the duration of breastfeeding.

  3. John Mason says:

    These photos are beautiful.

  4. jgd33 says:

    I think the pictures are beautiful, I don't see that they are sexualizing anything. Women have breasts to feed babies, they became oversexualized when divorced from their purpose by generations of formula feeding.

  5. liz says:

    So beautiful

  6. Karen Katz says:

    fabulous!

    I nursed both my sons (who are now in their 20's) and I LOVED it…..I am very small breasted, but for some reason I had awesome amounts of breast milk. I still miss nursing….it was one of the most wonderful parts of motherhood for me.

    Having said that, I have plenty of friends who didn't nurse, for many reasons, or only nursed briefly-and that is absolutely fine….they are wonderful mothers and their kids are great. I hate it when non-nursing mothers are made to feel bad.

    as far as the sexiness-what's the problem with that! I found nursing to be very sexy, in a very authentic way. I actually became slightly aroused at times…..apparently there are women who actually have orgasms during nursing-I never had that experience, but the slight erotic tingle was kind of neat, like a freebie!

  7. theodora mastropietro says:

    beautiful beautiful women and babies <3 <3 <3

  8. TahitiNut says:

    Insofar as the claim that the female breast has been "sexualized" … so the fuck what?? It's called "natural selection" and that's what has resulted in over SEVEN BILLION human beings on the planet! Of COURSE the female breast is sexual!! That's A GOOD thing!! STOP the insanity that everything sexual is somehow "bad"… hell, it's WHY YOU'RE HERE!!!! We're sexual, sensual, spiritual beings … and I'm damned glad we are!

    Breastfeeding? We're MAMMALS! Stop behaving like reptiles and accept the fact that we're born alive and breastfeed. Every. Damned. One . Of. Us. Pity the poor woman who cannot feed her infant at her breast! But don't make her the STANDARD!

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