Welwyn Garden City mum Sharon hopes to reduce stigma of breastfeeding in public places

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 March 2016

Baby Jack being breastfed    Picture: Sharon Kaplan

Baby Jack being breastfed Picture: Sharon Kaplan

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A mum from Welwyn Garden City is part of a photography campaign to end the stigma surrounding breastfeeding in public.

Photographer Sharon Kaplan tries to normalise images of breastfeedingPhotographer Sharon Kaplan tries to normalise images of breastfeeding

Sharon Kaplan, 39, of Salisbury Road, is one of 40 mums in the UK who have taken on the breastfeeding campaign, and is believed to be the only one from Hertfordshire.

She takes pictures of Hertfordshire mums feeding their babies to show the world that breastfeeding is natural.

The campaign started with an online group called Photo Mums UK, made up of women who were both mums and photographers.

One member of the group decided to set up the campaign and invite other female photographers in the UK to join in.

Jodie Potter feeding her daughter Robyn    Picture: Sharon KaplanJodie Potter feeding her daughter Robyn Picture: Sharon Kaplan

Sharon said: “It is something that comes up time and again.

“There are lots of campaigns but none from artists or photographers.

“I approach mums all over the community that are breastfeeding or have breastfed and ask them to come to my studio in Welwyn Garden City.

“We have conversations with the mums if they have had any issues with breastfeeding in public.

“There’s a whole idea that it’s not something that should be done out in the open.”

Sharon has a 14-year-old daughter, Cayla, and moved to WGC from South Africa when Cayla was a toddler.

She has been a professional photographer for six or seven years, specialising in weddings, families, children and babies.

She said: “For South African ladies this is just what they do.

“It was quite open. It’s a very beautiful thing.”

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