Take in These Powerful Portraits of Women In Uniform Breastfeeding

As cultural conversation continues to address the issues faced by women in the workplace, particularly the challenges faced by working mothers, redefining what it means to be a working mother has been heavily debated. Like anything in our culture, the images we see greatly shape opinions. Hence, Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg has partnered with Getty Images to update stock photography and now, Tara Ruby, a photographer in El Paso, Texas, is making waves with her stunning portraits of women breastfeeding—with a twist.

We’ve all seen portraits of women breastfeeding, but Ruby’s ongoing series captures working women in uniform—be it a doctor, showgirl, or whole group of military moms—as they take a moment to breastfeed their young children. The beautiful images are equally inspiring, empowering, and sometimes even playful, showing work and motherhood side by side.

Enjoy the inspiring photos, and make sure to call your mom this Mother’s Day.

57150f9c1600002a0031bf4e“An active duty mom tandom nurses her two little boys. I’m amazed at the strength of all of the women that I have been able to work with,” Ruby says on her Facebook.

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“This beautiful momma is nursing her last baby, and asked me to capture this amazing momen t… and I was so happy to be able to capture this photo for her. By the way, she’s a full-time working nurse. How awesome is that?”

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“Today I believe we made history. To my knowledge a group photo to show support of active duty military mommies nursing their little’s has never been done. It is so nice to see support for this here at Fort Bliss.”

"This Mommy is a doctor here in El Paso and has successfully breastfed for 6 months with no end in sight."

“This Mommy is a doctor here in El Paso and has successfully breastfed for 6 months with no end in sight.”

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“A dear friend of mine, I’ve shot this little girl since she was a newborn. Her mommy is an L&D nurse and still breastfeeds!! I love watching the older babies. Apparently putting toes in mommy’s mouth becomes part of the routine!”

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“A teacher nurses her little girl while sitting on the floor of a local library. Her uniform is one made for working with happy and smiling 1st graders.”

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“What? A Vegas showgirl. You got it. This momma dressed her little guy up like the great Elvis, and nursed him on Freemont St. in Las Vegas for me. We might have drawn a crowd, and they gave her and I both such words of support.”

To see more of her inspiring work, go to Ruby’s site.

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