20 Beautiful Photos That Celebrate Breastfeeding Mothers

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It's a situation most new mothers have faced: the need to breast-feed their babies in public. But for many, including photographer Tiffany Brown Anderson, breast-feeding can result in impolite stares or off-the-cuff criticism.

Brown Anderson had just given birth to her second son when she and her husband took him to a gathering at the house of a couple they had recently met.

As the small group of parents chatted in the living room, Brown Anderson began to breast-feed. The hostess made her way across the room, Brown Anderson remembers, and "made a moment of sweet small talk with me before gingerly asking me to — wait for it — 'Cover up.'"

The comment left her feeling "like a deer in headlights." And even after Brown Anderson left the party, she realized the experience had "disturbed me in a much more profound way than I would have expected."

"I never dreamed of such an experience in someone’s home, with other moms, where I had assumed I would be safe to nourish my baby in any manner I chose," she told Refinery29 via email.

Brown Anderson's right to breast-feed her child is also a legal one in Nevada and 48 other states where statutes explicitly allow women to breast-feed in any public or private place, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The act of breast-feeding is also exempt from public indecency laws in 29 states, including Nevada.

Brown Anderson decided to channel her anger in a positive way. She wants to use her work to force the world to "talk more loudly about public breast-feeding." In March of 2015, she began photographing women breast-feeding their children in public — and sometimes iconic — places. One particularly striking image features more than a dozen moms breast-feeding near the famous "Welcome To Las Vegas" sign.

Brown Anderson said the juxtaposition of nursing moms in a city where breasts are often on display for other reasons was important.

"[It's] a place that sells sex and manufactured beauty everywhere, but where nursing in public is still a regular issue," Brown Anderson said.

Now, more than a year into the project, Brown Anderson is looking to connect with more mothers to feature as they "feed their babies in public spaces throughout their daily lives" across the United States and around the world.

Ahead, an intimate look at the mothers Brown Anderson has featured so far as part of her project, Feed The Baby. For more information and to learn how to be featured, visit Brown Anderson's website.
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Photographer Tiffany Brown Anderson nurses her 23-month-old son, Aksel, with her son, Zand, 4, left, and her mother, Pat Host, following the annual Moms on the Run Mother's Day event in Reno, NV.
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Rachel Sanchez nurses her two-year-old daughter, Lilliana, with her husband, Mike, in front of the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple in Utah, where the LDS couple lives.
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Jessica Langor nurses her 16-month-old daughter, Lily, at the Touch A Truck event at The Orleans in Las Vegas. Though it was a kid-centered event, there were no easy places for moms to nurse. Jessica found herself propped against a front loader tire for the second year in a row to nurse her children.
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Ashley Detrick reads and nurses her 19-month-old son, Owen, to sleep for a nap on a Sunday afternoon in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Ivon Valenzuela nurses her 8-month-old daughter, Yaquiri Talon Feather, inside Home Depot, while shopping with her wife, Camille Wells, left, and daughter, Katherine Sanmugam, 13, in Las Vegas.
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Christina Perry nurses her 9-month-old daughter, Annabelle, at the Wheeler Farm farmers market in Murray, Utah.
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Lisa Rounds nurses her 2.5-year-old daughter, Ophelia, at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, while camping with her husband, Jeremiah.
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Monee Harrington nurses Eleanor, 11 months old, in the back of her jeep in Las Vegas.
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Jessica Lagor nurses her 16-month-old daughter, Lily, at her parents' house in Las Vegas.
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Stephanie Koehler and other mamas nurse at Well Rounded Momma's weekly Milk Circle breast-feeding support gathering, in Henderson, Nevada.
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Rosa Catu, center, raises her hand to be counted during The Big Latch On event at the University of Nevada Reno in Reno, Nevada. The Big Latch On is an international event each August to promote and support breast-feeding in local communities.
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Cherish Giordano nurses her four-month-old daughter, Lucy, with her husband, Anthony, at their regular table at Grouchy John's Coffee Shop in Henderson, Nevada.
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Lilly Garcia breast-feeds Baby Elena at Grace Reformed Church, where she is a member, in Las Vegas.
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Kelly Lucente Evans nurses baby Jack at home in Las Vegas on Jack's 1st birthday.
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Elitsa Kostadinova nurses her 14-month-old son, Vincent, after his swim lesson at Las Vegas Municipal Pool.
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Kacey Brooks nurses her 9-month-old baby girl, Olivia, in the dry lake beds outside Las Vegas.
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Friends from a Facebook group, "Las Vegas Stay At Home Breastfeeding Mamas" gather in support of public breast-feeding at the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas sign."
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Brittany Dearing Henderson nurses her 8-month-old son, Holden, after a quick shower at home in Las Vegas.
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Autumn Fesel nurses her 16-month-old daughter, Amelia, while playing at Cowabunga Bay water park with her family in Henderson, Nevada.
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Friends Rachel Jobe, left, and Ashley Detrick nurse their sons along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Salt Lake City.
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