The most beautiful and natural image possible and it’s a shame that some people, contaminated by Christian puritanism, think it should be forbidden in public. Besides that, it’s the most important thing to make sure the babies have a strong immune system.
An Indian magazine that published a picture of a model breastfeeding a baby as its cover photo has sharply divided opinion on social media.
The cover of Grihalakshmi, which is published in Kerala state, depicts model Gilu Joseph staring straight into the camera with a baby at her chest.
The text above reads “Moms tell Kerala – don’t stare, we want to breastfeed”.
This is thought to be the first time an Indian magazine has published a cover image of a woman breastfeeding.
But the fact that the model is not herself a mother has caused some discomfort and generated debate.
Grihalakshmi’s editor said the magazine wanted to raise awareness about the need for mothers to be able to breastfeed in public.
“A month ago, a man shared a picture of his wife breastfeeding on Facebook to start a conversation about letting mothers feed in public spaces. But the result was that the woman was subjected to cyber-bullying from both men and women,” Moncy Joseph told the BBC’s Ashraf Padanna
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“That is why we decided to dedicate our latest issue to breastfeeding mothers.”