Photographer Ivette Ivens wants to make public breastfeeding the norm. The Lithuanian-born Chicago resident takes highly stylized photographs of mothers breastfeeding outside to remind everyone that it’s “a totally normal thing.” 25-year-old Ivens is a mother of two, and breastfed her older son until he was three.
“I nursed them both anywhere I wanted. From church to parties, from farmers market to high-end designer stores. I believe that mothers should nurse their little ones whenever they want to,” states Ivens. She is also a proponent for extended breastfeeding. “Children know when it’s time to wean off. Mothers do too. Strangers don’t know, so they shouldn’t care.”