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Breastfeeding in public officially became legal in all 50 states this summer but that hasn't stopped people from giving the side eye to moms who exercise that right. Reka Nyari, a New York-based fashion photographer from Finland and self-proclaimed "lactivist," knows this all too well. She has gotten more than dirty looks for feeding her nearly 3-year-old girl. According to the DailyMail , Reka has been accused of trying to steal another woman's man over breastfeeding on an airplane! It sounds completely ridiculous but that is the sad reality of our society that is so quick to judge everything. We still have a long way to go before public breastfeeding doesn't cause a stir.
AS World Breastfeeding Week continues, we take a look at some stunning snaps captured by an inspiring young photographer. Ivette Ivens took the natural pictures of women in various states of undress to bring to light the beauty of breastfeeding. The photographer, from Chicago, USA, said she wanted to feature mums who are confident with breastfeeding no matter where, when or how long their children need to nurse for. The bold collection includes pictures of American mothers feeding their children — sometimes even two at a time. And the year-old, originally from Lithuania, is set to release a book of the images titled Breastfeeding Goddesses later this year. Mothers always adore these images - but fathers do as well, and I love to see supportive dads," she said. She continued: "I think its beautiful and that their mothers must have done a really good job raising them to appreciate and see the real beauty in breastfeeding. And I will keep on doing my work because I see that it can make a difference. A powerful miracle. A Breastfeeding Goddess.