extended-breastfeedingThrough the use of photography, one Australian Mom is hoping to shed light on the idea that breastfeeding past the age of one is not only healthy, but completely normal.

Lacey Barratt, a birth photographer from Melbourne, recently posted an image on her Instagram account that created a lot of controversy. The photo was of Barratt breastfeeding her two-year old child. After receiving some criticism, Barratt decided to make it her mission to normalize what she calls "full term" breastfeeding.

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In a Facebook post she wrote: "I never would have imagined that breastfeeding younger children would be more acceptable than breastfeeding our older children... Around the world, breastfeeding beyond the age of one is weird. Gross. Pedophiliac. Inappropriate. But most of all, hidden in fear of judgment."

Lacey put a call out to her fellow moms, offering to capture the beautifully raw moments of nursing a toddler and beyond with her camera. Titled #ToddlersNurseToo, Lacey created a video montage of women nursing their children of varying ages.

Experts say that there are many benefits to extended-breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that mothers breastfeed for at least the first 12 months, and then for as long as mutually desired by mother and baby. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that breastfeeding continues up to the age of two and beyond. In fact, there have been no established upper limits on when a child should discontinue breastfeeding. The only downside to extended breastfeeding would appear to be the stigma.

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While it has always been her mission to empower women through her imagery, the response to #ToddlersNurseToo has been incredible. Many women have thanked Barrett for helping them to feel more comfortable with their choices.

Photo Source: laceybarrattphotography