Two amazing and moving photos of a mom with cancer breastfeeding her newborn son after a single mastectomy go viral on Facebook, giving hope to mothers in hardship.
Two photographs below of an unidentified mother, who was diagnosed with stage-3 breast cancer halfway through her pregnancy, were taken by photographer Kate Murray and instantly went viral after being shared on Facebook, garnering over 300,000 likes and 60,000 shares.
"She really wanted to breastfeed after having many of her birth choices and preferences taken from her, if only for a short time because cancer treatments resume when she is discharged from the hospital," reads the photos' caption, posted by Gentle Birth Options midwife center, where the woman gave birth. "These images show the incredible strength and love through the art of breastfeeding."
In one photo, the incredible bond between mother and child is clear as the newborn baby latches on for the first time, while in the second photo, the mother cries tears of joy as she experiences the touching moment.
Surgery for breast cancer is generally safe during pregnancy, according to the American Cancer Society, while chemotherapy can be safe for the fetus if given later in pregnancy. As for breastfeeding, one breast should be enough to give your baby a full meal since most women produce enough milk for their babies with a single breast.
"Breastfeeding is such a sacred bond," commented Murray. "This one just makes my heart break and swell at the same time."