The Awesome (Permanent!) Way Some Moms Are Honoring Breastfeeding

One mom shared a photo of her breastfeeding-themed tattoo...and another quickly came forward to show off similar ink.

Breastfeeding is hard, hard work and as far as we're concerned, anyone who does it is a rockstar. That's why one mom decided to give herself a very permanent reminder of her own strength after struggling through a tough breastfeeding journey.

The mother decided to get a tattoo to represent her experience—it's a large, powerful piece of ink that shows a woman nursing a growing baby while flexing a bicep, Rosie the Riveter style. The tattoo features three sections: In the first, the woman nurses a newborn. The second section features the woman breastfeeding a slightly larger baby. And in the third, the woman carries her growing child on her back. 

She shared the powerful image on Breastfeeding Mama Talk, a Facebook-based social media community for breastfeeding moms, writing: "Had to share this with a group of ladies I knew would appreciate it! Got my ink done last night by the awesome Charline in Madison, Wi. She designed exactly what I was hoping to capture in this image. Something special to celebrate overcoming struggles with breastfeeding." 

Of course, since breastfeeding is a needlessly controversial issue, her image drew some criticism from other social media users. "I see nothing wrong with breastfeeding, but it would be preferred that you do it away from all to see and before you judge me for this I'm not saying don't do it or hide to do it, but if you can, try to find a more private area to do so. Young children and perverts don't need to see this," one male commenter wrote.

Luckily, other users came to the mama's defense—and one fellow mom even shared her similar piece of ink. "That's awesome! I also recently got a tattoo to symbolize the bond me and my daughter have through breast feeding. She is nearly 2 and I see no sign of stopping in the near future," Jaime Rodger, another mom in the community, wrote alongside a photo of her own tattoo.

We applaud these fierce moms for reminding themselves of what their bodies are capable of in such an artistic way.