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A groundbreaking magazine cover of a woman breastfeeding her baby has divided opinion in India. Grihalakshmi, a women’s magazine publis...

Indian women's magazine sparks controversy by featuring a breastfeeding model — who isn't a mother

A groundbreaking magazine cover of a woman breastfeeding her baby has divided opinion in India.

Grihalakshmi, a women’s magazine published in Kerala state, chose to feature model Gilu Joseph, 27, breastfeeding an infant.

Underneath, the headline reads: “Mothers tell Kerala — don’t stare! We want to breastfeed.”

It is believed that this is the first time an Indian magazine has published a cover image of a woman breastfeeding.

Speaking of the cover shot, Grihalakshmi’s editor said the magazine wanted to raise awareness about the need for mothers to be able to breastfeed in public.

Interestingly, the social media response to the cover has been largely positive, with many praising the magazine for its attempt to break down the breastfeeding taboo.