Elle Australia was brave enough to create a beautiful cover for their June issue with Nicole Trunfio breastfeeding her son, however this cover was only available through the mail to their subscribers. The cover on newsstands featured a different cover showing a fully-clothed Trunfio holding her sleeping baby.
In a letter published on the magazine’s website yesterday (May 25th), Cullen wrote, “In an ideal world no one would have an issue with seeing breastfeeding on the cover of a magazine. But it’s not an ideal world.”
There has been a hugely positive response online to the breastfeeding cover, with sparked the hashtag #normalizebreastfeeding. People are criticizing Cullen for caving into pressure and not having the cover on newsstands too.
I know so many women personally that had a hard time and inevitably had to end breastfeeding way too early simply because they introduced the bottle nipple so they could feed their babies around their friends/family and in public. Any lactation consultant or midwife will tell you to avoid introducing bottles early with your baby (especially if you had any issues with latch or supply) as even low flow nipples are much easier to use. Bottle nipples only require the baby’s lips to suck, where babies use (and develop) 6 different types of muscles in their mouth and throat to breastfeed.
People who maintain that there something weird or sexual about breastfeeding are the ones who need to somehow deal with breastfeeding in the world. New moms should not feel any shame or discomfort from others when they are simply bonding with baby while feeding them the only food in the world that is designed specifically for their own little body’s needs.