Presidential Daughter Hopes Photos Normalize Breastfeeding

Aliya Shagieva is breaking stigma by sharing photos of breastfeeding her son.Aliya Shagieva, the daughter of Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev, is sharing photos of breastfeeding her son, and fighting back against criticism.

Alia Shagieva made headlines several months ago when she married Russian programmer Konstantin Ryazanov, just six months before she gave birth. Citizens of Krygyzstan criticized her ‘international’ marriage, and condemned her for not marrying a traditional Krygyz man.

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Shagieva, a 20-years-old who gave birth to son Tahir last month, is drawing even more criticism from the citizens of her country, particularly for having the audacity to show pictures of her nursing her son.

She’s lashing back at her critics with truths of her breasts not being sexual devices to satisfy the eyes of men, but instruments to feed her son. Shagieva had been posting on her Instagram page, but recently took it down amid criticism that she was not behaving appropriately, and was shaming her father and country.

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Kyrgyzstan is a country that is 75% Muslim. When Shagieva showed a picture of her belly bump last month, it was one of the first that even let on she was pregnant, and one that sent commenters in a tizzy about the ‘immoral inappropriateness’ she displayed.

The daughter of the president of Kyrgyzstan showed her baby bump and caused outrage for her immodesty

The most recent picture that created such outrage was one of her nursing her newly born son. Commenters were disgusted with her ‘provocative’ pictures, and accused her of bringing shame to her family.

Shagieva has removed the social media accounts that had the pictures posted, but based on comments she gave to haters on March 5, in response to her belly bump pictures, we doubt she’s done campaigning for the normalizing of breast feeding.

At that time, Shagieva said that her body wasn’t for sexuality and that pregnancy was about motherhood, not sexualization. More, she told those who objected to the ‘sexy, obscene context,’ of the pictures that they had a problem, since the pictures depicted nothing more than her pregnancy.

Go you, Mama! We applaud your effort to simply tell the truth. There is no shame in nursing, nor should there be any issue with sexuality confusion. We anxiously await more pictures!

Photos: Ailya Shagieva/Instagram


8 thoughts on “Presidential Daughter Hopes Photos Normalize Breastfeeding”

  1. I am a huge breastfeeding, Anytime Anywhere, advocate. But let’s be real for a moment – these pictures are decidedly and intentionally “sexy”. The poses are provocative (and undeniably posed), as is the lingerie.
    This isn’t normalizing, this is provocation. And it does not help the cause.

    1. I agree with you.
      I am breastfeeding my son right now, & in my pjs. I have never nursed in lingerie.
      If you want to normalize breastfeeding, how about depicting it in “normal” clothes that most mums would be wearing?

      1. I don’t know; I breastfed all my kids which made me a nursing mum for several years, and when the baby needs to eat you feed it. Sometimes that meant mealtime occurred in a variety of states of undress… even fresh out of the shower wearing nothing but a towel… Admittedly, though, I can’t imagine that I ever looked as – um – artistically staged as this lovely lady. Personally, I think she is trying to send a very loud message in a place where women don’t always have a voice and I applaud her for it.

      2. She is in Russia. Russian girls/women dress nicer then American most of the time. I have three children and I never even had ugly pj to feed my babies in. Sorry, but it could be just her normal attire.

    2. I also agree with Jessica. When my daughters were photographed with their “baby bumps,” they were fully clothed. And there’s nothing wrong with being photographed breastfeeding, but there’s no need to do it in one’s underwear.

  2. Good for her, her pictures are beautiful and natural and not at all provocative except to those that fetishize the female body doing what’s it’s designed to do.

  3. Aliya – Women around the world 100% support you. Women have been seen as sex objects for far to long. The haters are without a doubt those who look at women as nothing, but sex objects. There is much more to women with one of them being the ability to perform a miracle by giving birth to a child.
    Women should be honored and respected. The haters who feel it necessary to criticize you and all women for the beauty of pregnancy and feeding their child, need to stop and remember women are giving a gift of life that strengths and continues our legacy and heritage .

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