NORMALISE PUBLIC BREASTFEEDING
When photographer Alexis Berg captured 36-year-old endurance athlete Sophie Power breastfeeding her three-month-old son, Cormac, halfway through the 170km Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) race in France, the image went viral. In the photo, she is also seen pumping milk from her other breast to feed her baby later. This image was met with backlash and shaming, but Sophie takes pride in being an inspiration to fellow working mothers around the world. Her unapologetic display of motherhood came shortly after mothers participated in a mass breastfeeding event in Manila, Philippines. The government-backed event saw women gathering in droves to nurse their babies in public – some of them two at a time. The aim of the event was to destigmatise public breastfeeding, as well as to raise awareness about childhood mortality in the Philippines.