Breastfeeding your child gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling only fellow mummies can understand.
The ability to provide for your precious baby, while bonding with her physically, tugs at the heartstrings like nothing else. I’m nursing my eight-month-old girl, and despite the inconvenience of sleepless nights, soreness, and initial struggles with milk supply, I’m glad I stuck it out.
For a long time, the act of breastfeeding was super private. Many mums are shy to bare their breasts in public, and fear being shamed for nursing openly. Breasts have been so sexualised in the media, we seem to have forgotten their original function: To feed children.
As part of the movement to normalise breastfeeding, mummies have been posting brelfies – breastfeeding selfies – on social media. Still, not everyone has jumped on the bandwagon, because baring a breast openly can feel very intimidating.
Enter the latest viral trend: posting brelfies with the “Tree of Life” in the PicsArt photo editing app. Mums can turn their breastfeeding photos into breathtaking photo illustrations, which are gorgeous works of art. The Tree of Life sticker pack in the PicsArt app allows mums to add an image of a tree being nourished by roots to their photos of themselves and their babies, showing the tender relationship between mother and child.
The Tree of Life photos are perfect for sharing brelfies, as they are highly stylised and artistic. It’s also hard to identify faces in the app, so mums don’t need to feel embarrassed that their pictures, or those of their kids, will be misused for nefarious purposes.
If you want to make one of your own, here’s a tutorial from PicsArt.
Here are some of our favourite Tree of Life pictures that capture the wonderful bond between mother and child: