Breastfeeding mothers deserve respect. That's the message Israeli photographer and mom Tamar Shugert was sending with her winning entry for the "Make a Statement" photo challenge.
With two kids and one on the way, Shugert was dismayed that several of her friends had been asked to move their breastfeeding to the bathroom when in public places.
Would you eat in a public restroom? Probably not. And nor should your child.
Shugert's winning image shows her pretending to breastfeed in the bathroom with a side-by-side shot of her husband eating a plate of spaghetti in the same spot. Both are occupying the only available seat—the toilet.
As a religious country, women is Israel do not often nurse their babies uncovered outside of the home. But Shugert notes that in more modern and secular cities like Tel Aviv, opinions on breastfeeding differ than those found in more religious areas of the nation.
"Women should not be asked to go feed their children in bathrooms," Shugert said. "Nobody wants to be eating in bathroom. I wouldn't breastfeed in a bathroom even if I was asked to."