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[Photo: Tumblr/What Does Breastfeeding Look Like] The majority of breastfeeding photos that do ...

Fed Up Of “Fantasy” Breastfeeding Pics, Photographer Captures The Reality

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[Photo: Tumblr/What Does Breastfeeding Look Like]

The majority of breastfeeding photos that do the rounds online may be beautiful and intimate, but most are nothing like the reality itself – which is why one photographer decided to make it her mission to capture what breastfeeding it actually like, in all its beautiful messiness.


In a series titled “What does breastfeeding actually look like?” photographer Suzie Blake snapped a series of mums breastfeeding their children – without the styling, airbrushing and all the other alterations you can usually spot. 

[Photo: Tumblr/What Does Breastfeeding Look Like]


[Photo: Tumblr/What Does Breastfeeding Look Like]




[Photo: Tumblr/What Does Breastfeeding Look Like]

“I was tired of seeing unrealistic photographs of women breastfeeding, so I took a photo of myself breastfeeding my baby, posted it on Facebook, and asked if other women would like to be photographed in the same way. I was inundated with responses, and so the project began,” Blake wrote on her Bored Panda submission.


Blake, a Melbourne-based mum and artist, says she feels there’s a “distinct lack of authenticity” in images of women breastfeeding.

“Most photos are highly stylised, airbrushed and unrealistic; many are sheer fantasy. Whether it is the angelic mother in her clinical white perfection or some model on the front of a fashion magazine. I’m tired of images that fail to show the realities of breastfeeding for most women.”


[Photo: Tumblr/What Does Breastfeeding Look Like]



[Photo: Tumblr/What Does Breastfeeding Look Like]


[Photo: Tumblr/What Does Breastfeeding Look Like]

[Photo: Tumblr/What Does Breastfeeding Look Like]

Instead, Blake’s project is about mums sans make-up and lacking in sleep, with leaky nipples and unbrushed hair.

“This is about giving in to all the demands of your two-year-old while you try to feed your newborn. This is about dishes piled up in the kitchen and dirty laundry building in the corner. This is about puke on your shoulder and toys on the floor. This is about let down milk sprays in cafes and engorged breasts at the park.

“This is about empowering women. This is about the amazing thing that only we, the women humans of this earth, can do; sustain another humans life with our own.”

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