This incredible photoshoot has gone viral for a powerful reason
Breastfeeding is one of those things that shouldn't be a taboo in society, but it still is. For some reason, a lot of people, in a lot of places, still have a problem with breastfeeding. Despite the fact that it is a natural function of mothers when raising a baby, plenty of young moms are still asked not to breastfeed in public places and are shamed for doing so. However, one group of parents are trying to change this.
The "Chocolate Milk Mommies" are on a mission to encourage more black women to breastfeed their babies and have organised a stunning photo shoot in order to galvanize them to do so. The mommies say that they are proud to nurse their children, despite the fact that there is a negative stigma which leads many mothers within their community not to do so.
According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, which analysed births from 2000 to 2008, the lack of support for breastfeeding within the black community has left infants with the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation.
Rauslyn Adams, a member of the group, told PEOPLE: "It is taboo within the African American home to breastfeed your child, let alone to do it past the age of 1."
"Breastfeeding has been seen by some African American women as reverting to ‘slavery days’ when feeding a child by breast was the only option.”
Due to the lack of support for black mothers, the group decided to do something to raise awareness and posed for an empowering nursing photoshoot in order to promote confidence, belief and recognition for the cause.
Choosing the theme of goddesses, the women wore crowns that represented strength, poise and patience - which are all facets that Adams says the group feel are important to consider when breastfeeding. Not only striking powerful poses in the images, the women in questions are also simultaneously nursing their children.
The photos were captured by Lakusha Cohill and it is hoped that the viral images will go some way in encouraging more women to come forward and considering breastfeeding regardless of race. The Chocolate Milk Mommies say that they are also hoping to destroy the taboo regarding nursing in a public setting.
“Feeding a child in public from the breast is often seen as indecent and given a perverse sexual connotation,” Adams adds.
“The indecency claims of public breastfeeding generalisations make it hard for any woman, let alone an African American woman, to nurture her child through breastfeeding."
“It is important to show black women breastfeeding because our community needs it,” Adams explained.
“We need the support and we need our children to be healthy as well.”
It seems mad that in 2017, breastfeeding is still considered a taboo subject in the public realm. If a woman is using her breast to nurse her child naturally, where is the problem? If you're offended by it, don't look. It's that simple.