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The October 2013 issue of Vogue Netherlands features a model, 21-year-old Ymre Stiekema, breastfeeding a baby while dressed in traditional 17th century attire. Shot by fashion photographer Erwin Olaf, the photo is called "The Master and the Girl" and is mean to resemble Dutch painter Jan Vermeer's work.
Last year, Stiekeman was featured on the cover of the magazine when she was pregnant, and this image is intended to be a continuation of the theme.
While some argue the spread is unnecessarily inflammatory, mom blog The Stir points out it serves a significant purpose, namely to normalize the experience of public breastfeeding, and make breastfeeding women feel confident.
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This isn't the first time breastfeeding in the media has risen eyebrows – in May 2012, Time magazine shocked and awed with its infamous cover that featured a mother nursing her three-year-old.
What are your thoughts on the impact of this spread? Is it encouraging for breastfeeding moms, or does it sexualize an intimate moment between mother and child? Let us know in the comments below.
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