Anna Poteet, a photographer from Chattanooga, TN, recently took a unique approach to the "fed is best" conversation by staging a shoot that centered on babies who need to be tube-fed. Her now-viral photo series is making its rounds on social media, and yes, it's incredibly powerful.
"The idea was to gather moms together and show the world that no matter how your baby is fed — whether moms breastfeed, use formula, or their children are tube-fed — they should be accepted. I wanted to break through some of the negative stereotypes that are used when mom-shaming takes place," she said.
"I wanted to break through some of the negative stereotypes that are used when mom-shaming takes place."
"How you feed your child is something I recently became passionate about, as my almost 4-month-old has had troubles of his own eating and gaining weight," Anna explained. "Additionally, one of my very best friends Brianna, who participated in the shoot, has a 2-year-old who just got his tube. She has to pay out of pocket for his food, as his insurance will not cover it due to his age."
Now, Anna is simply trying to highlight the fact that feeding sessions don't look the same for every parent. "My heart goes out to these parents who deal with this lifestyle daily, and I am so thankful to be able to bring some awareness to this," she said. "I see so many people genuinely asking questions on my post and it is bringing a new understanding."
Scroll ahead to get a look at this beautifully inclusive photo shoot.