Former U.S Air Force service member Tara Ruby took a photo of 10 soldiers breastfeeding in uniform. The photo was shared 4,000 times in one day. The photo was originally posted online last Thursday night. It was removed for unknown reasons on Friday morning. Ruby reposted the photo with the hashtag #normalizebreastfeeding. The photo currently has more than 15,000 likes on Facebook. The photo is displayed in a new lactation room in Fort Bliss. Fort Bliss is the Army base here in El Paso. All of the soldiers in the photo are stationed here.
Ruby told Time “Breastfeeding their babies doesn’t make them less of a soldier. I believe it makes them a better one. Juggling the tasks and expectations of a soldier, plus providing for their own in the best way they possibly can, makes (these) ladies even stronger for it.”
Ruby remembers a time when lactation rooms were almost non-existant in the military. She had to stop in a restroom or empty room in order to breastfeed her son. Ruby was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from 1997 to 2001.
Photo from the Tara Ruby Photography Facebook page