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Emily Ratajkowski is using Instagram to help break taboos around breastfeeding, and the posts are so damn empowering


Emily Ratajkowski is once again out here celebrating the beauty and power of women’s bodies and flying the feminist flag. After giving birth to son Sylvester in March, the 29-year-old model has been documenting her breastfeeding journey on social media, and in doing so, is helping to normalise the natural act that society still deems taboo (*sigh*).

In fact, new mums are often shamed for being seen while breastfeeding, whether in public or on their social channels. Just this week, new mum Holly Chapman, 28, says that she was kicked off a bus after she refused to stop breastfeeding her 19-week-old daughter Raiya. Holly was asked to stop or leave the bus, meaning she had to continue feeding her daughter by the side of the road as she waited for another bus.

It’s clear that while it may be illegal to ask a woman to leave a public place because she’s breastfeeding, there are still many cases of mums being shamed and made to feel as though they’re doing something indecent.

Which is exactly why, instead of feeling praised for doing something that is bloody hard work and can take a painful toll on our bodies, a third of women feel embarrassed or uncomfortable breastfeeding in public, according to one UK survey. Six out of 10 also take steps to hide it when they’re nursing in public.

So when a celeb takes it upon themselves to help end the stigma here, they get a big cheer from us.

Emily’s Instagram feed is filled with breastfeeding pictures and others showing her body during pregnancy.

In fact, six weeks ago she humourously captioned one of her posts with: “If it seems like I’m always breastfeeding it’s because I am”, which went down well in the comments.

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But what’s captured our hearts and minds alike is her most recent post – a photo dump (how 2021) – which features an image of her breastfeeding baby Sylvester alongside her friend Caitlin King, also breastfeeding her own baby.

A seemingly fun image powerfully shows that the act doesn’t need to be confined to privacy (though it’s fine to keep it that way too).


What’s so empowering about this image though, is how relaxed and casual both women look – this everyday act most new mums experience can be as chilled as this. It can even be part of a social act, if that’s what you choose.

If you’re of the belief that the only way general attitudes will change towards things considered taboo is to keep showcasing them, Emily is doing a stellar job here.

Motherhood can be approached however each individual mother chooses, but let’s stop judging people on the things we don’t personally sign up to.

Embracing Emily’s openness, let’s encourage a safe and comfortable space for new mums wanting to breastfeed wherever and whenever.



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