I am absolutely in loooooove with this photo! I first saw this picture posted on Huffington Post with a great interview with the mom in the photo.
As part of the Normalize Breastfeeding tour, photographer Vanessa Simmons travels across the country taking photos of moms doing what moms naturally do, breastfeeding! Her mission is to make sure all women and all styles of breastfeeding are featured so that we see breastfeeding as a natural and normal thing, not something to hide away. As the mission statement says, “Diversity is key when it comes to the campaign tour.” So when the tour stopped off in Oklahoma, Enedina Banks, a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, volunteered to be photographed.
Check Enedina out in her regalia in front of this awesome Geronimo/David Bowie mural by the talented Steven Grounds aka Native Evolution.
A breastfeeding advocate and cultural preservationist, Banks works for the Citizen Band Potawatomi in Oklahoma to help with revitalization efforts in preserving their Native language. She started following Simmons’ breastfeeding art and advocacy when she came across her photo series of military moms breastfeeding in D.C. When the mom saw that Simmons would be photographing moms in Oklahoma City, Banks asked if she could participate and incorporate her Native culture in the shoot.
So proud of you mama! Keeping the tradition alive!
If you'd like to learn more about the campaign and see where future stops are on the tour, please visit http://normalizebreastfeeding.org/.