• Working mothers are celebrated in this photo series that looks at breastfeeding in uniform (Tara Ruby Photography)Source: Tara Ruby Photography
"Our culture needs to accept that breastfeeding is normal and it isn't something to hide or be ashamed of," says photographer Tara Ruby.
By
Bianca Soldani

29 Apr 2016 - 8:56 AM  UPDATED 29 Apr 2016 - 8:57 AM

Juggling motherhood and a career is an everyday balancing act familiar to millions of women the world over, and for many, breastfeeding is an integral part that can be particularly challenging to maintain.

Despite being the most ancient and natural way for a mother to feed her child, breastfeeding in public still carries a certain stigma and level of discomfort.

A photographer from Texas, US, however, is hoping to further normalise the practice - particularly in the workplace -and celebrates breastfeeding in a photo series that captures mothers nursing in uniform.

"I believe that our culture needs to accept that breastfeeding is normal, that every mum makes milk, and that it really isn't something to hide or be ashamed of," Tara Ruby tells SBS Life.

"I hope to achieve a sense of support for those mums that work a full time job while breastfeeding full time as well. Seeing a photo can help someone visualise what they already know... that they can do this."

The collection, which is still being added to, features four women dressed in the clothes they wear in their different professions.

A Las Vegas showgirl fitted out in all her feathers and sparkles is seen with her “little Elivs” in one shot while a teacher is pictured sitting in the school library with her daughter in another.

Mrs Ruby is a mother herself and a former military servicewoman having spent four years in the US Army.

Her newest series comes after she photographed a group of female military personnel breastfeeding in uniform at Fort Bliss.

The photographer's own experience of breastfeeding while working was a challenging one that lead her to celebrate other working mothers.

"Breastfeeding my children was hard. I didn't have the support that they girls did not," she says.

"The inspiration [for my photos] came from needing to decorate a brand new nursing/pumping room in our Headquarters building. I thought 'wouldn't it be neat to have a photo in this room of a soldier in uniform breastfeeding her baby'," she adds of how she came to explore the idea.