Since 1992, the world has been celebrating breastfeeding every first week of August as part of World Breastfeeding Week. The purpose of the week is to protect, support, and promote breastfeeding worldwide.
But breastfeeding makes headlines year round. Sometimes it's practical news, such as this post by Dr. Claire McCarthy, our MD Mama blogger: "The top four reasons moms stop breastfeeding and what we can do about them."
And other times, it's controversial news, such as Time magazine's infamous cover art this past May for it's "Are You Mom Enough?" story.
And all the reactions to it.
Child Caring blogger Barbara Meltz said shame on Time for choosing the image. The 24-Hour Workday blogger Kara Baskin said the image perpetuated the "mommy wars." And McCarthy didn't like the cover because she thought it made extended breastfeeding look weird.
Here are some unstaged images of breastfeeding from around the world -- winners of this year's World Breastfeeding Week photography contest.
Which is your favorite image? Have you ever taken a photo of your baby breastfeeding?
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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a kindergartner and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.