Mom Shares a Photo of Herself Breastfeeding at a Wedding to Help Erase Its Stigma

It’s a tale as old as (human) time—a baby is hungry, so the mother nourishes him/her through breastfeeding. This activity, while natural, is often considered taboo because many people are uncomfortable with it being done in public. But, a lot of women, including Naomi Jael Covert, feel that it should be done anywhere and everywhere. The 21-year-old from Vilseck, Germany is mom to a 10-month-old boy named TJ. Recently, she attended a wedding and breastfed her son during the reception while having her picture snapped.

After the photo was taken, Covert posted it to Instagram. For her, it was normal because she regularly shares breastfeeding images on her account. The picture went viral, however, after being shared on the @empoweredbirthproject Instagram, garnering attention around the world and continuing the conversation on breastfeeding. “I wanted to show that it’s literally no big deal to breastfeed,” Covert told Buzzfeed, “no matter the circumstances.” In the picture, she’s making a silly face that reiterates how unremarkably normal it all is. “It’s just a breast; that’s what God gave me to use when baby is hungry.”

Through these everyday breastfeeding photos, it helps to erase the stigma that surrounds the ancient practice—one that often embarrasses a mother. With this small action, Covert hopes to empower women to live motherhood on their own terms.

Naomi Jael Covert: Instagram
via [Buzzfeed]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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