These Photos Prove That Support From Dads Is Essential to Normalizing Breastfeeding
Throughout World Breastfeeding Week, nursing moms and their babies have been the center of attention. But as this initiative to raise awareness and support for these women comes to an end, one photographer is highlighting an equally important factor to normalizing breastfeeding: public support from the dads.
Megan Soto first began photographing breastfeeding moms for the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project, but in her most recent photo series, the talented mother of three made a point of including the dads. In each image, a father can be seen actively empowering his breastfeeding partner simply by being present and offering his support in public. "Breastfeeding mothers face a number of obstacles as it is ― supply issues, latch issues, cracked nipples, pumping issues and the list goes on," Megan told The Huffington Post. "The odds can be stacked against us as breastfeeding mothers and adding in a spouse who isn't supportive can be detrimental to a breastfeeding relationship. Men encouraging their partners in breastfeeding ― both in the home and in public ― is a huge piece in the breastfeeding puzzle."
While many don't realize the major role a dad can play in breastfeeding, Megan is hoping that her photos will help moms realize that their partners are essential in normalizing the experience. "A lot of people point to men being exposed to breasts as their go-to when arguing against why mothers shouldn't breastfeed openly in public," Megan said. "I hope that by focusing on the dads and sharing their thoughts, it educates those individuals that men are more than capable of seeing a mother care for her child via her breast."