Active duty military moms take inspiring 'free the nipple' photo

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Photographer Captures Active Duty Moms Breastfeeding

In an ongoing effort to normalize breastfeeding, Tara Ruby snapped a photo of these 10 active duty military soldiers feeding their babies.

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Little did she know that such a simple photo would go viral. Ruby, a military veteran herself, wanted to show mothers "they can be an active soldier and provide support to their children," too.

I posted this on here last night at 11:59pm. It has since disappeared from my feed and my wall. So we are posting this...

Posted by Tara Ruby Photography on Friday, September 11, 2015


The photograph will hang proudly in the new nursing room at Fort Bliss, an Army post in El Paso, Texas. With comfortable chairs, a refrigerator for storing milk and a sink, it makes pumping breast milk every few hours a little bit easier for these new mothers.



Just hours after posting the photo on her Facebook page, Ruby received hundreds of comments, both positive and negative. In fact, according to her Facebook page, the original photo was deleted from Facebook. "I posted this on here last night at 11:59pm. It has since disappeared from my feed and my wall. So we are posting this here again."

Her latest posting of the photograph has not been removed yet, and Facebook fans are also sharing it on their own pages in an effort to give the photo legs.

​These celebrities are showing their support to normalize breastfeeding:

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Active duty military moms take inspiring 'free the nipple' photo

Alyssa Milano took to Instagram on Oct. 27 to post this photo with the following caption:

"Ah, the joy of suckling! She lovingly watched the fishlike motions of the toothless mouth and she imagined that with her milk there flowed into her little son her deepest thoughts, concepts, and dreams." ~Milan Kundera

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