An inspirational mum-of-one has published an intimate photograph revealing her post-baby ‘saggy belly’ as she breastfeeds in the bath – to encourage other women to feel confident about the ‘power’ of female bodies.
The image shows the pair together in the bath, with Emmy making no attempt to hide her “stretch marks or big belly” as she cradles Alice’s tiny body to feed her.
Emmy decided to bravely share the powerful picture in a bid to inspire other women to celebrate their bodies regardless how they look.
“Of course the thing about the photo is that I thought I looked awful with stretch marks and a big belly, but people have been coming to me saying it’s the most beautiful thing they’ve ever seen,” said Leeds local Emmy.
“Now I don’t care what my body looks like – it’s made my baby and the result of that is I have a saggy belly.
“Many others have posted their own breastfeeding pictures on social media as well.
“Nobody looks perfect at the end of the day but women have just got to embrace who they are.
“Our bodies are full are strength and beauty.”
The microbiologist wanted to breastfeed her daughter but admits it wasn’t easy at the beginning.
However Alice was born jaundiced and was routinely taken away to be given antibiotics, making it difficult to feed.
Despite this, Emmy is now celebrating more than three months of breastfeeding.
“Alice and I are extremely close, we have an amazing bond, because she gets everything from me,” says Emmy. “When I walk into the room, she hears me and her eyes light up.
“In the photograph when Alice is looking up at me, she does a little smile and it’s just the best feeling in the world.
“She gets cuddles from me, comfort from me, milk from me. Everything she needs comes from me and my body.”
Emmy claims that while her breastfeeding journey has been a dream, sharing the image wasn’t just to promote that but to show all women, mums or not, that they should love their bodies for how strong and beautiful they are.
“The feeling and bond breastfeeding gives you is amazing. You’re feeding the baby from your body and nothing else.
“Alice was so ill when she was born and had to keep being taken from me. Then she lost almost nine per cent of her baby weight and the nurses said she would have to be topped up with formula if she didn’t start putting on weight.
“I was exhausted and really worried, but I was expressing and feeding her the colostrum with a syringe.
“There’s support workers, groups, meet-ups. People who have been through it themselves will be able to advise them.
Emmy hopes the intimate snap will help normalise breastfeeding, and allow women to feel comfortable doing it no matter where they are.
“Breastfeeding a baby is a biological norm and it’s important that women feel able to breastfeed without encountering negative comments,” said a spokesperson for breastfeeding support group La Leche League GB.
“Many mothers do lack confidence in breastfeeding and worry that others will judge them. Seeing breastfeeding as something natural can help society accept it as normal.
“While some mothers prefer their breastfeeding experience to remain personal to them, others are comfortable in sharing a wide range of images of themselves nursing their babies as a means of marking their experience and of normalising breastfeeding.”
– Reporting by Caters News