A photo of 10 active-duty military mothers breastfeeding their babies is being shared all over the internet. The soldiers serve at Fort Bliss, Texas. When the photographer, Tara Ruby, put out a notice that she’d like to take a group portrait of nursing moms, she didn’t expect to get many volunteers. She was gratified that 10 women came, dressed in combat boots and camo.
Ruby had been on active duty from 1997 to 2001, and back then she had found it hard to find a private spot to breastfeed her baby during her workday. Now, the Army has provided a comfortable new nursing room at the base. The photographer volunteered to take some photos and donate them to decorate the room. Ruby said, “I think it’s great the Army is supporting active duty mothers. Sometimes, you hit a point in your military career where you have to choose between being a soldier and a mother, and a photo like this helps mothers so they don’t have to choose.“