A photographer has extended her series on working breastfeeding mums [Photo: Instagram/tararubyph...
This Powerful Photo Series Celebrates Working Mums Who Breastfeed
Last year photographer Tara Ruby created a photo series of military mums breastfeeding their children that she hoped it might help normalise breastfeeding for those working in the armed forces.
Not only did the release of the pictures light a match under the whole breastfeeding in public debate, but it also encouraged other mums to get in touch to share their own breastfeeding journeys. So, overwhelmed by the response, Tara was inspired to create a whole series around women breastfeeding while doing their day job.
The new pictures of working mums nursing their children, include a veteran ‘tandem feeding’ her two kids, a Las Vegas showgirl dressed in full costume, a nurse and a teacher.
The pictures feature a teacher, nurse, Las Vegas showgirl and air woman [Photos: Instagram/tararubyphotography]
Discussing the powerful photo series with Cosmopolitan, Tara explained that the nurse was one of her favourite images to capture.
“The nurse I absolutely love,” she said. “I thought it was really funny, because it shows just how crazy it is when you start nursing an older child. The whole time she had to have her foot up in mom’s face! 'This is exactly what she does every time we nurse,’ she told me.”
Tara Ruby hoped the images might help normalise breastfeeding for working mums [Photo: Instagram/tararubyphotography]
The release of the new pictures come as it was revealed this week that an unidentified New Mexico firefighter could face disciplinary action after a picture of his wife breastfeeding their infant son wearing his uniform was posted online by Tara.
This picture of a woman breastfeeding while wearing her husband’s fire fighter uniform has courted controversy [Photo: Instagram/tararubyphotography]
But Tara is keen to ensure that the controversy surrounding the photo doesn’t cloud the message behind the series.
“The intention has been since the very beginning to show that a mum can be a full-time mum and still work a full-time job and do both equally at the same time,” she explained.
“I feel like sometimes people have to make that decision between going back to work full-time and staying at home so they can breastfeed full-time.”