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In another step towards normalizing breastfeeding, Elle Australia has put a breastfeeding mother on its cover. Australian model Nicole Trunfio, 29, is seen holding 4-month-old son Zion Clark who is clearly latched on to her breast.
According to editor-in-chief Justine Cullen, this wasn't a staged shot, instead saying, "Zion needed a feed, Nicole gave it to him, and when we saw how beautiful they looked we simply moved her onto the set. It was a completely natural moment that resulted in a powerful picture." All subscribers will receive the breastfeeding cover of the magazine while the newsstand version will feature a shot of Nicole holding the baby instead.
Trunfio commented on all the fuss on her Instagram:
"There is nothing more powerful and beautiful than motherhood. The last thing I want to do is be controversial, so please take this for what it is, let us #normalizebreastfeeding There is nothing worse than a mother that is judged for feeding her hungry child in public. #weareonlyhuman I'm so proud of this cover and for what it stands for. I obviously don't look like this while I am breastfeeding but this stands for all women out there, whether you breastfeed or not, we gave birth, we are women, we are mothers. Thank you to ELLE for being so bold and making such an encouraging, positive and healthy statement. #womenunite"
After all, it was just recently that Instagram announced that they would no longer censor breastfeeding pictures. Other famous nursing mamas that have graced the interwebs include Olivia Wilde in Glamour magazine and Gisele Bundchen who famously posted an Instagram of herself getting ready for a magazine shoot while feeding her daughter.