One is a cancer survivor. Another tangoed with an orangutan. And another is the wife of Canada’s Prime Minister – these are the incredible stories proving to the world that breastfeeding is not only incredible, but inspirational as well.
We have a long way to go in the journey to normalise breastfeeding, but it’s stories like these that help pave the way, one beautiful breastfeeding moment at a time.
So to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, we’re revisiting the breastfeeding mums that made headlines. Some made us cry, others made us laugh. But all their stories are worth a second read, especially during this special week of the year when we give all breastfeeding mums the appreciation they deserve.
The first story we want to share with you is one of incredible strength and emotion. It describes a Florida mother’s battle with cancer and the powerful moment she first breastfeeds her newborn. Her hair gone, one breast removed, Sarah Whitney’s photo had us all in tears.
If ever an image captures the strength of a mother’s love – it’s this one.
From tear-jerking to fist-pumping, this young mum turned heads when she pushed back on an older lady’s rude stares about public breastfeeding. Back in December Ashley Kaidel posted the above photo and the Internet exploded.
After a stranger shamed Ashley for feeding at a public cafe, Ashley chose to lock eyes with the stranger and remain in control and proud of her choice rather than cover up or cower.
Celebrities are also doing their bit to normalise breastfeeding, including Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of one of our favourite politicians. Not only is she married to the swarthy Justin Trudeau, but she is also proving it’s perfectly okay to breastfeed, regardless of your child’s age.
In a recent interview, Sophie talks about breastfeeding her two-year-old son, explaining, “If I can continue to feed my child, I’m not going to stop. I think it’s a beautiful bond, and I encourage it, but I don’t judge”.
Last month we met another Canadian mum after she fed her nine-month-old during her wedding ceremony. The image went viral, prompting plenty of praise and photos from other brides who were snapped breastfeeding on their big day.
And who can help but adore this mum who posted a photo breastfeeding at a wedding – fancy dress, heels and all, with the message, “When you are at a wedding, wear fancy dresses and high heels and your baby gets hungry, well… you give no shits and feed the kid.”
After all, that’s what breasts are designed to do.
And, while it seems many people don’t quite get it, the orangutans at the Melbourne Zoo certainly do. Check this story about a Melbourne mum and her breastfeeding primate pals.
“[One] sat right against the glass staring right at me, she stayed and watched the rest of the feed,” Elizabeth, told Babyology back in February. “I felt like they agreed with what I was doing.”
We’ll end our round-up with the mum who wins the award for most amazing express feeder. When her son, Cash was born at 24 weeks gestation, Mikah Duncan made it her mission to express enough milk for his first three months.
But when she made it that far, she simply kept going and managed to express 70 more litres of milk, all of which she donated to The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio to help other struggling babies.
Stay tuned for plenty more amazing breastfeeding tales. And make sure you browse through all of our featured World Breastfeeding Week posts for more powerful stories and favourite finds for breastfeeding mummas.