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20 photos of women breastfeeding in public without the world exploding

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

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Breastfeeding Outdoors

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Breastfeeding Outdoors

Welcome to World Breastfeeding Week, where we celebrate the breastfeeding relationship and raise awareness of its importance across the globe. Thanks to women like Leilani Rogers, spreading awareness is easier than ever.

Rogers is the founder of the amazing Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project and is also a birth and breastfeeding photographer. "I started PBAP in 2013 as the lone photographer, but it became a worldwide effort, with now 80 photographers (including one videographer) in 2014," she says, and the efforts Rogers and her group of photogs have put forth is nothing short of incredible.

Rogers breastfed her own four children, but she admits she was never comfortable nursing in public. "I just felt clumsy and self-conscious," she says, and when her photography business really started to take off a few years ago, she decided to explore and document breastfeeding in public — and the reasons moms might feel uncomfortable doing so.

When she started to share photos of women nursing in public, the response from other moms was positive and overwhelming, and she began actively recruiting other photographers from around the world to help other moms feel comfortable feeding their babies no matter where they happened to be.

And the project, even though it's been around a few years, has really taken off in the last two years. "The project went viral on HuffPost, Redbook, BabyCenter, CafeMom, has been printed in Midwifery Today, Holistic Parenting Magazine, can be seen in health clinics in New York, will be featured in an upcoming documentary with The Milk Meg, has been displayed in museums, and I was even interviewed on ABC Nightline in May," she says. "Phew! It's been a great year, to say the least."

These photos are eye-opening, beautiful and, above all, very normal. Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

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Breastfeeding in public

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Breastfeeding in public

Breastfeeding in public has been protected in nearly all 50 states (come on, Idaho)!

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Nursing in public

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Nursing in public

When Mom breastfeeds, her other children learn from her example and not only may be influenced to nurse their own children down the road, but they won't raise an eyebrow when they see a mother nursing in public.

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Comfortable breastfeeding

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Comfortable breastfeeding

This baby is having a "snack" (and playing peekaboo) at a local breastfeeding-friendly coffee shop.

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This baby signs milk

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This baby signs milk

Nate, whose mother pumped exclusively for him for over a year, signs "milk." Pumping mamas often feel like they don't fit into the breastfeeding community.

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Breastfeeding friends

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Breastfeeding friends

Women should support one another regardless of how they feed their babies.

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Breastfeeding at a bookstore

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Breastfeeding at a bookstore

Breastfeeding-friendly establishments are on the rise.

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Breastfeeding in real life

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Breastfeeding in real life

Feeding your baby while playing with your toddler; this is breastfeeding in real life.

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Breastfeeding anytime, anywhere

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Breastfeeding anytime, anywhere

Breastfeeding should be acceptable anytime, anywhere!

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Breastfeeding at the park

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Breastfeeding at the park

Birds of a feather flock together. These moms know how to multitask.

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Breastfeeding on a swing

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Breastfeeding on a swing

Having a supportive and encouraging partner is an important part of a breastfeeding journey.

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Breastfeeding on a bench

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Breastfeeding on a bench

Having a supportive community is paramount to a mother meeting her breastfeeding goals.
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Breastfeeding at a café

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Breastfeeding at a café

It is so nice for mothers to have a comfortable and welcoming place to land when out and about with their babies.

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Breastfeeding at a gym

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Breastfeeding at a gym

Even at the gym, a baby's gotta eat.

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Breastfeeding while shopping

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Breastfeeding while shopping

A little grocery shopping, a little breastfeeding — this is a slice of real life.

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Breastfeeding at the pool

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Breastfeeding at the pool

The pool is one place where moms have been harassed for nursing, which is ironic considering how little clothing everyone is already wearing.

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Breastfeeding in the library

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Breastfeeding in the library

One day breastfeeding in the library won't even be a thing.

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Breastfeeding at church

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Breastfeeding at church

Sadly, church is another place some mothers do not feel welcome to openly breastfeed.

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Breastfeeding on city street

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Breastfeeding on city street

Equal rights for breastfeeding children.

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