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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.

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