There are many things that new mothers have to hide from the rest of the world, but these breastfeeding portraits show that this necessity shouldn't be one of them. Turning the often taboo experience into something ethereal and beautiful, photographer Ivette Ivens helps to celebrate not only the giving of life, but the nourishing of it as well.
Hailing from Lithuania and based in Chicago, Illinois, her breastfeeding portraits normalizes the activity in as gorgeous a way as possible. The women and children are captured in nature often wearing fairy-like outfits that give them all an otherworldly appeal. As a mother of two, she says, “I nursed them both anywhere I wanted. From church to parties, from farmers market to high-end designer stores. I believe that mothers should nurse their little ones whenever they want to.”