Jen Pan, who made headlines for her personal project to encourage breastfeeding, has released new photos today. These are from the last of a three-part series.
With the skyline lit up by the warm glow of a sunset, the images show mum Joanne breastfeeding Baby C at East Coast beach.
Referring to the series, the photographer and nursing mum to two kids writes on her blog: “We started off celebrating motherhood with the beautiful image of a breastfeeding goddess.
“The second part looks into the reality of mothers returning to work and the difficulty they may face and the final part reminds us all that your breastfeeding journey will end one day and although important, it should never be a burden we carry in our hearts.”
Since the photos were posted online on Jan 12, they have drawn largely positive comments. And to the negative ones, Jen says the images are not meant to sexualise motherhood.
“Our aim for this series has always been to inspire mothers in their breastfeeding journey and not to rally a movement specifically towards feeding openly without covering up in public,” she writes on her Facebook.
“Mothers need to nurse whenever their baby is hungry and whichever way they feed their baby, whether using a nursing room or using a cover, is dependent on the mother & baby preference. It’s like you would not fault someone for using either a fork or chopsticks to eat.
“We stand firm on our goal to normalize breastfeeding and to create awareness towards workplace discrimination using our art.”
View more photos on Jen’s website.
(Photos: Jen Pan Photography)