Parents

Striking Photos Show The Very Real Places Moms Find Themselves Breastfeeding

From subway stations to park benches.
05/19/2016 04:26pm ET

For breastfeeding moms on the go, nursing in public can be a part of everyday life. This photo series from Cloak -- a collection of clothes designed to accommodate nursing moms -- celebrates these real breastfeeding moments.

In the photos, moms Asiya Vickers, Raychelle Balentien and Yael Marmon breastfeed in public situations where they feel comfortable -- with and without covers, in a subway station, on a park bench, at a cafe and more.

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"We wanted to create photography that demonstrates the courage and fortitude of those who choose to breastfeed in public."

"We wanted to create photography that demonstrates the courage and fortitude of those who choose to breastfeed in public, and do so as they resume work and daily life," creative director and co-producer Maggie Cely told The Huffington Post, noting the controversy that still surrounds this issue today.

Cely said the creators issued a callout to friends and acquaintances, and she reached out to her own network to find mothers to participate in the photo series. The pictures are meant to be a candid depiction of breastfeeding in a busy environment, in contrast to the many glamorous, ethereal breastfeeding portraits that exist.

"As a nursing mother of two who pumped or nursed each baby for over a year, I was shocked at how incredibly challenging it was to nurse in public,"Cloak founder Mara Kelly told HuffPost. "At the same time, the last thing I wanted to do was be tethered to my apartment all the time."

Keep scrolling to see more photos of moms breastfeeding on the go. To learn more about Cloak's mission to support nursing moms, visit the company's website and Kickstarter page.

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