11 Beautiful breastfeeding pictures by superstar mums!
Breastfeeding pictures posted online (also known as brelfies, if you take them yourself) are becoming a popular way for breastfeeding mums to capture those beautiful nursing moments. It goes beyond just sharing a breastfeeding photo, though.
The benefits of breastfeeding have been made very well known by health heavyweights such as the World Health Organization. However, breastfeeding is still stigmatised by many, especially when it involves a mum nursing in public.
Brelfies and other breastfeeding pictures, when posted on social media, can be seen as positive and proactive photographic retorts against this stigmatisation.
By posting these pictures, mums also jump onto the bandwagon of women, health activists, and researchers around the world who are attempting to #normalizebreastfeeding and make known just how beneficial breastfeeding is for both mum and baby.
We reached out to the wonderful mummies of the Breastfeeding Mums Support Group here in Singapore to ask them to share their brelfies and breastfeeding pictures with you.
We think these mums are superstars, so we placed their photos alongside famous celebrity breastfeeding pictures in this gallery.
Every single one of these images is so gorgeous and inspiring. Just click next to see each one of them!
1. “Breastmilk is a living food that changes to suit the changing needs of your child”
Elaine Woo is a lifestyle and beauty blogger and proud mummy to a four-month-old baby.
She shares that she chose to nurse after finding out the benefits of breastfeeding and how good breastmilk is for babies. She also loves seeing just how content her little one is after a feed, and this spurs her to continue on her breastfeeding journey.
2. "One of the most important gifts I can give my child"
Roshni Mahtani is proud mum of little Shan, and the CEO and Founder of Tickled Media, the publisher of theAsianparent.
Roshni admits that her breastfeeding journey has not been easy. From chaffed nipples, blocked ducts, oversupply and now undersupply, she feels like she has experienced it all.
But, despite these challenges, this mum is determined to keep breastfeeding for long as she can, as she knows that this is one of the most important gifts she can give her child.
3. “Whether big or small, your breasts WILL produce milk”
Alyssa Milano is a strong celebrity advocate of breastfeeding and its benefits. Not too long ago, she tweeted her disappointment that her expressed breastmilk was confiscated at UK’s Heathrow Airport.
She also freely shares photos of herself nursing on Instagram, saying "When I post pictures of me breastfeeding Bella, it’s not that I’m trying to be very outspoken about breastfeeding, it’s that it’s a very special moment in my life."
4. "Breastmilk is all your child needs for six months of his life"
Professional photographer Sandra Tan tells us that she wanted to breastfeed her second-born for at least six months because she was very sad that her breastfeeding journey with her firstborn had to end so early.
She says, "Breastfeeding was a very intimate process. I loved the joy it brought when he first learnt to latch. And to know that I am a source of comfort and nutrition, it felt like an extension of pregnancy, it's as if my breasts were taking over the duty of the placenta, manufacturing a source of nutrition from my own blood."
Sandra's little one is now 13 months old and is still going strong with breastfeeding.
5. "Breastfeeding is good for YOUR health, too"
Gorgeous Aussie supermodel Miranda Kerr is a strong breastfeeding advocate and makes no secrets about it.
According to reports, Kerr said at the time she was breastfeeding baby Flynn, "I intend to breastfeed for as long as I can. My breast milk will give our little Flynn the nutrition he needs for his continued healthy development. And to all mums out there I am sure you will make the right choice for you and your baby."
6. “The benefits of breastmilk don’t stop”
Selin is stay-at-home mummy to a gorgeous nine-month-old little boy. She tells us she chooses to breastfeed because she knows it’s the best possible nutrition that she can ever give her son.
Selin also thinks it’s pretty amazing how breastmilk changes according to the needs of a child, and of course, all this comes completely free!
7. “Breastfeeding helps you bond with your baby”
American actress and model Jaime King got 19,000 "likes" after she posted a snap of herself on Instagram, nursing her then eight-month-old son James Knight.
Speaking about the picture, Jaime is quoted by a Daily Mail article as saying, "These are the moments a mother lives for. Breastfeeding should not be taboo, and bottle feeding should not be judged."
We couldn’t agree more with her!
8. “Breastmilk is always fresh and exactly the right temperature for your baby”
Stay-at-home mum Serene Wong tells us that she initially did a lot of research on nursing, which all pointed at just how good breastfeeding is for babies. Now, her little one is six months old and going strong with nursing.
Serene says, "I love the way she makes all those 'nom nom' sounds when she drinks like its super yummy, and the closeness and also whenever she looks up at me to smile when she's breastfeeding."
9. “Because there’s no packaging and food miles involved, breastfeeding is good for the environment”
Could Angelina Jolie be the pioneer of celebrity brelfies? Who can forget her gorgeous black and white photographs that appeared in W Magazine in November 2008 where she was breastfeeding one of her twins?
While not being a brelfie in the strictest sense, since these candid shots were taken by husband Brad Pitt, we think they still do an awesome job of de-stigmatising breastfeeding.
Jolie, talking about the photos, says, "I’m with a man who’s evolved enough to look at my body and see it as more beautiful, because of the journey it has taken and what it has created."
10. “Breastmilk is FREE!”
Chemical Engineer Wee Ling Chia is mummy to a gorgeous 16-month-old toddler and is hoping to continue their breastfeeding journey for longer.
She tells us that she simply loves the connection she and her little one have through breastfeeding, and it’s something she will always cherish.
11. “Breastmilk can boost your child’s IQ!”
Formula One heiress Tamara Ecclestone recently posted a brelfie of herself and her toddler Sophia while on the way home from a Mykanos getaway.
While the 31-year-old mum faced plenty of backlash for her picture, she’s taking no notice of the haters who told her she was "oversharing," according to a Daily Mail report.
Image: Tamara Ecclestone, Twitter
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