By now you would no doubt have seen images all over social media of the stunning model Nicole Trunfio breastfeeding her son Zion on the cover of Elle magazine.  It’s a beautiful image, and yet it strikes us as interesting that it was such huge news.  That she was “forced to defend it”, that it was deemed a “controversial image”, that it “caused a sensation”, and that she was “courting controversy”.  Really?  There are pictures of boobs and butts printed daily that barely rate a mention.  And yet it is an image of a woman breastfeeding that gets everyone talking.

Some would argue that breastfeeding is a private moment and does not need to be on the cover of a magazine for all to see.  But the very fact that the reaction to it was so swift and so widespread – everybody from The Mirror to TIME  reported it – perhaps is indicative of the fact that it needs to be on a magazine cover.  Because until it is a non-issue, and is no longer causing “gasps of surprise”, it clearly needs some exposure.

It should be noted that the shoot wasn’t planned.  “This wasn’t a contrived situation: Zion needed a feed, Nicole gave it to him, and when we saw how beautiful they looked we simply moved her onto the set,” Elle‘s editor-in-chief Justine Cullen said on the magazine’s website.

Appearing on Good Morning America, the 29-year-old supermodel explained how the intimate moment was captured for the magazine and how she feels that it’s an important part of being a woman and a mother.  “I didn’t think it was going to be such a big deal. There’s nothing worse than, as a mother, doing something that’s so necessary like feeding your child and feeling like somebody could have an opinion about it or somebody’s looking at you the wrong way,” Nicole said.  “It’s a huge part of being a woman and motherhood.”

Kudos to you, Nicole!

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