Stella Mackey is from New Zealand and is a 32 year old mother of one, a 9 month old chub named Cooper. Stella wrote me the other night thanking me for my self portrait breastfeeding photo with my 3.5 year old that made it to the interwebs in NZ and said that she too is trying to normalize breastfeeding in NZ. She wanted to take a photo that represented her woman hood and her epic role as a mother and this was the image that resulted with the talents of photographer Photography By Jane. Stella says the photo has gone viral in NZ since and has sparked controversy. She said she was feeing discouraged until she found my work and now feels inspired to continue on promoting breastfeeding!
Stella wrote: “We set out to help normalize breastfeeding as it was judged in a photo contest ( and won silver ) during breastfeeding week here in NZ. We also wanted to challenge what people thought of as ‘normal’ for postpartum bodies. Not all are slim, not all are un marked, and many women’s bodies change dramatically after birth. Mine did that’s for sure! It was to help empower women to be comfortable in their own skin by showing an un photoshopped coloured image of me – just a mum in her new body carrying on happy in her skin caring for her child. I’m happy it’s out there challenging what we often like to think of as ‘normal’ or how a woman ‘should’ look like.”