Meet Anna Thompson, the 28-year-old Londoner who made news headlines after sharing a photo of breastfeeding Freddie, her 11-month-old son on her wedding day. Anna’s photo got hundreds of likes and comments on Instagram. In this photo, you can see Anna feeding her son while her makeup artist was putting on her makeup. The makeup artist said that she was hesitant at first to share the snap, but in the ended she decided to share it with it with MailOnline, just a week ahead of World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August).
Anna also joined in and posted the image on Instagram. Her aim is ‘to help other mums normalize breastfeeding and show how amazing [their] bodies are’.
Anna Thompson, 28, from London, fed 11-month-old son Freddie while getting makeup retouched on her big day. Her mother took the photo.
Big day: Anna married cameraman Doug Walshe at Stationers’ Hall in London. She says the image captures the moment she ‘just hit a pause button on the craziness of the day’
In an interview for MailOnline, Anna said:
‘It has taken me a lot of confidence to go back to work and continue breastfeeding.
The photo received a lot of praise, with many followers commenting about the beauty of the moment. One wrote: ‘Love this picture, you look stunning and it’s beautiful in so many ways.’ Another said: ‘I love these photos! And love you more for sharing them!’
‘I thought for so long I wouldn’t be able to do anything else with my baby sellotaped to me but I’ve made it work’
‘Many people discouraged me, even when my baby was a newborn, it was really thanks to social media and “mum blogs” that gave me the confidence and I so pleased I stuck with it’
‘I want to show others you can be an amazing mum and have an amazing career’
‘I thought for so long I wouldn’t be able to do anything else with my baby sellotaped to me but I’ve made it work and want to show others you can be an amazing mum and have an amazing career. It’s all about flexibility and balance. I also want to jump on the breastfeeding awareness train by supporting, educating and normalising it. It’s not just food, it’s so much more… a cuddle, a quiet moment, and even pain relief.
I never imagined myself still to be breastfeeding at 12 months but it feels more natural than ever and have no idea when I’ll stop. Many people discouraged me, even when my baby was a newborn, it was really thanks to social media and “mum blogs” that gave me the confidence and I so pleased I stuck with it.’