El Paso, Sept 17: Mothers are real heroes for all of us, but this picture of women US marshals takes motherhood to a different level altogether. Viral on social media, this picture clicked by an ex-servicewoman and a mother, shows 10 military women breastfeeding their babies in their uniforms.
Probably best defining a woman's role in her family and toward her country, this picture has garnered appreciation from all quarters of the world. Shared 10,000 times on Facebook and Instagram, the picture has drawn a lot of attention. One user of FB wrote,"This is a beautiful way to show how much women give of themselves to country and family."
Tara Ruby, who tried to capture the mood of mothers in uniform when they are breastfeeding their babies, too was an active duty officer in the US Airforce between 1991 and 2007. She also highlights the need to encourage and promote nursing in public. "I would nurse anywhere I could find a spot. There wasn't a dedicated office. Many nights I worked through the night, and I would have to find an empty office to pump," she said.
During her military years, Ruby recounted how mothers used to pump milk in the back of the tanks and light armored vehicles while on field rotation. She was inspired to take the photograph after Fort Bliss, which is an army post in El Paso, Texas created a nursing room for mothers on duty.
Tara said,"We have come so far. Breastfeeding their babies doesn't make them less of a soldier, I believe it makes them a better one."
With this image, Ruby hopes that she would be able to break the tabboo that a good mother cannot be a good soldier. "You do not have to choose between the two," she further added.