Zachary and Michelle Stephens

Out in the open

The more that people see breastfeeding, the more they see it for what it is: the simple act of feeding one’s baby

Our photographic project “Nursing Is Normal” consists of portraits of mothers breastfeeding their children. The premise for this project is that the more something is seen, the more normal it becomes.

In the last century, breastfeeding fell out of favor, thanks to the so-called advances of science pertaining to infant nutrition.

When formula was introduced, it was marketed to families as superior to breast milk. Women were made to feel like their milk was not as nutritionally sound.

Eventually, the marketers prevailed. Breastfeeding rates declined. It became something that some people never saw.

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