In times when breastfeeding in public is easily criticised, actor Rachel McAdams’ photoshoot with breast pumps created a powerful statement. Some are praising the empowering message it has sent, while some others feel differently.
The 40-year-old actress is a new mum and recently had a photo-shoot with Girls Girls Girls magazine founder and photographer, Claire Rothstein. The picture has gone viral on social media as McAdams’ take on embracing motherhood got a whole new level of emancipation. She posed for the photo while pumping her breast milk. It prompted a debate on normalising working women using breast pumps.
“This shoot was about 6 months post her giving birth to her son, so between shots she was expressing/pumping as still breastfeeding,” Rothstein explained on Instagram
Multitasking is the one trait any newly mother has to master. And, the Oscar-winning ‘Spotlight’ actress proved it right! According to Rothstein, it was McAdams’ idea to capture the moment of breast-pumping while wearing Versace clothes and Bulgari diamonds.
And, we cannot not love her even more.
“Breastfeeding is the most normal thing in the world and I can’t for the life of me imagine why or how it is ever frowned upon or scared of,” said Rothstein. “I don’t even think it needs explaining but just wanted to put this out there, as if it even changes one person’s perception of something so natural, so normal, so amazing then that’s great.”
McAdams had a closely guarded pregnancy, away from the glamorous social media world. She is yet to disclose her son’s name. “[People say] your life is not your own any more, but I had 39 years of me, I was sick of me, I was so happy to put the focus on some other person,” she told The Sunday Times. “I have clothes on and that’s a good thing. I don’t even know what I’m wearing today. The shoes are held together with glue. Isn’t that sad? I need to get a life.”
Netizens praised the actor and photographer for the image:
— Troian (@SleepintheGardn) December 20, 2018
Yes to this powerful image of Rachel McAdams by @clairerothstein expressing milk on a shoot. Fed is best but breastfeeding desperately needs naturalising (shocked this isn’t the case in… https://t.co/E2PVoEDt84
— Honest Mum (@HonestMum) December 20, 2018
I just had to share this gorgeous photo❤️taken by @clairerothstein of #rachelmcadams 6 month post giving birth to her son. It embodies the beauty of breastfeeding. So normal, natural and… https://t.co/EMnEvBKlHb
— Michele Garber (@niptuckcoach) December 19, 2018
This sort of image is one which should have power not because of taboo but because of the general awesomeness of women and the strength it takes to bring a new life into the world. Inspiring.
— James Michael Parry 🎮🥁 (@James_Parry) December 20, 2018
Feature Image Credit: Claire Rothstein Photographer/Instagram