A photo of 10 military mothers breastfeeding their children has gone absolutely viral, garnering more than 11,000 likes and 8,000 shares.
The photographer, Tara Ruby of Texas, posted the photo on her business’ Facebook page, and wrote that the photo could be the first of its kind.
“Today I believe we made history,” Ruby wrote. “To my knowledge a group photo to show support of active duty military mommies nursing their little's has never been done. It is so nice to see support for this here at Fort Bliss.”
NBC reports that Ruby extended an open invitation to any mothers on the base and only expected a couple to show up. A whopping 10 mothers arrived for the photo shoot.
Ruby, who is a veteran, expressed her amazement at the lengths women have made in the military.
“I was active duty a long time ago when support for breastfeeding moms wasn't even an option or a consideration. We have come so far,” Ruby reflected. “Breastfeeding their babies doesn't make them less of a soldier, I believe it makes them a better one. Juggling the tasks and expectations of a soldier, plus providing for their own in the best way they possibly can, makes these ladies even stronger for it.”
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