The portraits of artists who breastfeed mothers emphasize unnecessary shame she experienced after birth
A British artist and one-to-one has unveiled a striking series of portraits of mothers looking after their children in response to the KLM Airlines row on breastfeeding in airplanes.
Alex Baker, who is based in Valencia and recently welcomed her first child, said she would like the & # 39; unnecessary guilt and shame & # 39; many new mothers – including herself – emphasized that they often experience after giving birth.
The Dutch airline was smothered last week because of its breastfeeding policy after mother Heather Yemm, from Newcastle, went to Twitter to question it.
A statement from KLM stated: & # 39; Breastfeeding is permitted on KLM flights. However, to ensure that all our passengers from all backgrounds feel comfortable on board, we can ask a mother to cover herself while breastfeeding, if this offends other passengers. & # 39;
Alex Baker, who is based in Valencia and recently welcomed her first child, said she would like the & # 39; unnecessary guilt and shame & # 39; many new mothers – including herself – emphasized that they often experience after giving birth
Heather Yemm, from Newcastle, tweeted the airline and did not expect the answer she received – who said they allowed it, but mothers may be asked to hide if other guests complain
Alex's personal project, entitled This is Motherhood, is a series of portraits of mothers who feed their children, but with their faces completely covered.
The seven new images examine the theme of invisibility and judgment that some women feel after giving birth, particularly in connection with public breastfeeding and long-term breastfeeding of older children.
Inspired by the painting The Lovers by surrealist artist René Magritte, whose own mother suffered from major depression and committed suicide when he was 14, the series also touches on the subject of post-partum depression and the lack of available public funds.
& # 39; I wanted to make this project in the first three months of my son's life, as a way to handle all these unexpected feelings of fear, anger and sadness that I suddenly felt, & # 39; Alex told FEMAIL.
Alex said she wanted to create this project in the first three months of her son's life as a way to handle all the unexpected feelings of fear, anger and sadness that she suddenly felt
Inspired by the painting The Lovers by surrealist artist René Magritte, whose own mother suffered from major depression and committed suicide when he was 14, the series also touches on the subject of post-partum depression and the lack of public funds available
& # 39; Doctors tell you that these things are very normal and normal, but there is a lot of unnecessary guilt and shame. We need to find better ways to talk about these feelings and bring them out. & # 39;
& # 39; After reading the poor treatment by KLM of a woman breastfeeding during a flight, I realized it was important that my project now had to be released. & # 39;
Here the photographed women share their own stories and why they felt obliged to be part of this project.
Eilidh Shankland, 30, originally from Wishaw, Scotland, admitted that her breastfeeding journey was tough.
Eilidh Shankland, 30, from Wishaw, Scotland, poses with her five-week-old daughter and admitted that her breastfeeding journey was & # 39; tough & # 39; Has been
& # 39; I broke broken nipples and then severe mastitis that required antibiotics, & # 39; she revealed.
& # 39; It was a difficult journey, but I refuse to give up because I know it will give the best start for my baby. & # 39;
Eilidh now lives in Spain and said people accept more when it comes to eating in public, but she still has & # 39; a few strange looks or people staring & # 39; receive.
& # 39; If she gets hungry when we are gone, I try to find a place somewhere to take her away from the audience as much as possible to prevent me looking at the gaze, which sometimes takes time and makes her very upset to wait for me to find a suitable place, & she said.
& # 39; I know so many girls who bottle-feed for fear of shame or a negative kickback when they are in public, which is crazy! It is the most natural way to do and offers the best start in life for our babies.
Marta Ordonez, 36, from Colombia, is portrayed as she takes care of her 11-month-old daughter and claims that her breastfeeding journey & # 39; amazing & # 39; has been
& # 39; If you are physically able to do it, you should be encouraged, don't be embarrassed. I refuse to sit in a dirty bathroom to feed my baby when I can easily sit where I am and let her feed when she needs it. & # 39;
Marta Ordonez, 36, from Colombia, claims that her breastfeeding journey with her 11-month-old daughter & # 39; amazing & # 39; has been.
She decided to participate in the project to show people that breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful and dedicated actions that a person can do & # 39 ;.
Carissa, 35, from New Zealand, admitted that she had no intention of continuing to feed her two and a half year old son.
She explained: “When I became a mother, I started breastfeeding and joined breastfeeding support groups, I discovered that it is so much more than food for our little ones.
Carissa, 35, from New Zealand, admitted that she had not intended to feed her two and a half year old son for so long
& # 39; Breastfeeding connection and comfort are just as important and influential on their long-term well-being as the nutrients from our milk.
& # 39; When I learned that the average age at which children can wean themselves is naturally between two and seven years old, my goal was to meet the World Health Organization's recommendation of at least two years. & # 39;
Although Carissa had no direct response, she said friends and family often ask her how long she wants to breastfeed with a look of & # 39; perplexity & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I have noticed that it is so common nowadays that people in our society find the thought of having a child weaning uncomfortably naturally, as if taking the breast is a struggle to be won and a lesson that must be learned, & # 39; she said. .
& # 39; I decided to participate in the KLM breastfeeding scandal because I am a passionate breastfeeding advocate and enable mothers to feed and comfort their children as nature intended and wherever they are – in a park, on public transport, in a restaurant or a cafe.
Aria Voss, 35, from the United States, still takes care of her two and a half years old and admits that breastfeeding was a challenge in the beginning, but is now a source of comfort and connection for both
& # 39; I understand that this path is not for all mothers and respect their right to choose and sympathize with those whose choice was not theirs.
& # 39; I participated to speak for those of us on the breastfeeding journey who feel they need to hide and hide, those of us who are on the receiving end of a handheld comment that has stayed with us and has hurt us our journey – the second essence of our nurturing instinct. & # 39;
Aria Voss, 35, from the United States, still takes care of her two and a half years old and admits that breastfeeding is a & # 39; challenge in the beginning & # 39; but is now a source of comfort and connection for both.
& # 39; We travel a lot as a family and even in more conservative countries I have never let anyone make negative comments, & # 39; she added.
& # 39; I feel happy that I have only had positive support when breastfeeding. It is both beautiful and a natural part of life. I hope that with time as a society we can become less judgmental and supportive for mothers. & # 39;
A mother from Kingston-upon-Thames, who wants to remain anonymous, said she did not expect that she would still breast-feed her two-year-old
A mother from Kingston-upon-Thames, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she did not expect that she would still breast-feed her two-year-old.
The 35-year-old said in the beginning she & # 39; supply problems & # 39; had and had to supplement with formula and added that her greatest critic is herself.
& # 39; I'm worried about being seen as creating a & # 39; Robyn Arryn & # 39; situation (from Game of Thrones), even though nobody actually said anything about it and didn't even look at me funny (as far as I noticed).
& # 39; Fortunately, the city we live in is very child-friendly, although I haven't breast-fed in public for a year or more.
& # 39; I wanted to protest against the fact that breasts are so often sexualized in all media, but the question of hiding or & # 39; go do that in the toilet & # 39; still occurs for breastfeeding mothers in many parts of the world. & # 39;
Rebeca G. Roth, 37, is half Canadian but was born and raised in Valencia, Spain. She has two sons – one is almost four and the other, who is still breastfeeding, is 10 months old.
Rebeca G. Roth, 37, is half Canadian but was born and raised in Valencia, Spain. She has two sons – one is almost four and the other (photo) is 10 months old.
She said they both have children & # 39; in the beginning & # 39; breastfed because she was in so much pain.
& # 39; I had cracks in my nipples and sometimes my baby even had blood in his mouth, it was horrible & # 39 ;, she admitted.
Although Rebeca has never noticed anyone breastfeeding in public spaces, which she often does, she said she & # 39; nasty comments & # 39; received from family members about how long she breastfed her first son.
& # 39; He stopped at two o'clock and there were some comments such as: & # 39; Are you still breast-feeding him? & # 39 ;, comparing my son and I with Robin Arryn and Lisa Tully from Game of Thrones.
& # 39; Even my partner did not like me breastfeeding him when he was almost two years old; he never said it and always respected what I wanted to do, but I could see it bothered him, although I am not sure why and I don't think he could have explained it, because I think it was somewhat irrational. & # 39;
She decided to participate in the project because the idea that a woman is being asked to leave her baby hungry so that no one sees her breast is boiling her & # 39; blood.
& # 39; I find it incredibly insulting that some people feel the need to censor a breast because it implies that there is something sexual about breastfeeding, which shows how confused the mind of the observer is and has nothing to do with the mother feeding her child, & # 39; she said.
Geraldine Starke, 32, from France, has a 14 month old son and said she was breastfeeding & # 39; empowering and beautiful & # 39; finds
& # 39; Thankfully, nothing like the KLM scandal has ever happened to me, but I think we should all fight these situations and breastfeed mothers and support their babies. & # 39;
Geraldine Starke, 32, from France, has a 14-month-old son and said she was breastfeeding & # 39; empowering and beautiful & # 39; finds.
She admitted she & # 39; weird judgments on the street & # 39; if she breast-fed in public and would like to normalize that.
& # 39; It's about more than just feeding, it's so important to the baby and the connection you develop with your child is so beautiful that I don't want anyone missing that, & # 39; she explained.
& # 39; I believe it is an important topic to talk about because many breastfeeding mothers are criticized or judged. Mothers need support so they don't just stop. & # 39;
This Is Motherhood is an ongoing project; Alex plans to develop the series with further portraits of mothers feeding their children of different ages.
It will be shown in a gallery in Valencia, Spain in October 2019 as part of a collective exhibition of female artists.
Go to www.instagram.com/alexbakerimages to view more of Alex & # 39; s work.
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