Olivia Wilde breastfeeds her son in the US Glamour shoot [Glamour]
Talking point of the day? Olivia Wilde posing for US Glamour's September issue while breastfeeding her son in what appears to be a diner. The 30-year-old actress is seen nursing five-month-old Otis (who is very naked), joining the A-list likes of Gisele, Miranda Kerr and Gwen Stefani who proudly promote breastfeeding.
'Being shot with Otis is so perfect because any portrait of me right now isn’t complete without my identity as a mother being a part of that,' Olivia says in the accompanying interview. 'Breastfeeding is the most natural thing. I don’t know, now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast. It felt like we were capturing that multifaceted woman we’ve been discussing - that we know we can be.'
As Olivia says, it's certainly refreshing to see a woman being 'maternal and professional and sexy and self-possessed' all at the same time (although admittedly the average mother doesn't look quite so glossy while doing it). Either way, the pictures caused quite the debate when the actress shared the snaps on her Twitter feed yesterday.
Olivia Wilde with baby Otis in the new shoot [Glamour]
'It's a lovely shot,' Claire Baigent said in response to Olivia's tweet. 'Hopefully we can get to a stage where photographing a woman breast feeding isn't seen as 'brave''. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Bushey said, 'good on ya! About time people get more comfortable seeing breasts feeding babies than selling beer.'
However, some were not so impressed. 'Am I the only one who thinks that the Olivia Wilde glam breastfeeding photo just exacerbates the stigma against public nursing?' said one commenter. And another said, 'I'm not sure too many breast-feeding mums will be able to relate to this picture.' Meanwhile, some expressed how uncomfortable it makes them feel to see a mother breastfeeding in a public space...
No offence to Olivia Wilde or anybody else for that matter BUT I don't want to see ANYBODY breastfeeding in public. #breastfeeding— EJ Miranda (@e_jump4joy) August 6, 2014
...which inevitably caused outrage amongst the Twitter community...
If you're really uncomfortable with someone breastfeeding in public, take your meal and eat in the bathroom. There's more privacy there.— *titty sprinkles* (@TheAngryFangirl) August 4, 2014
So what's your verdict? Do the images make you feel uncomfortable or are they a beautiful representation of a natural process? Let us know via the poll below...