Mums across the world are helping normalise breastfeeding by turning their 'brelfies' into digital art!

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Nursing mums across the world are determined to normalise breastfeeding and are turning their nursing selfies into pieces of digital art by using an app

If you thought there is nothing more beautiful than the image of a new mother nursing her baby, think again. Because a photo editing application called PicsArt is taking 'brelfies' to a whole another level!

Yes, you read that right!

Nursing mums across the world, who are determined to normalise breastfeeding are turning their nursing selfies into pieces of digital art, simply by using the PicsArt application.

#treeoflife #normalizebreastfeeding

A photo posted by Sara Johansson (@sarjosson) on

The images using this application have been shared on Instagram by several new mums using the hashtags '#TreeofLife' and '#Normalise Breastfeeding,' and might we say, the trend has caught on like wildfire.

What is #TreeofLife?

Using these hashtags, mums have posted pictures on many social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Talking about their 'movement' PicsArt wrote, "The tree of life has served as a symbol for connecting all forms of creation throughout most of our history. Recounted in folklore, culture and fiction, it has often related to immortality or fertility. Today, it has become a representation of the #normalizebreastfeeding movement.”

Continue reading to see some of these amazing pictures and how nursing mothers are coming forward to normalise breastfeeding.

Mums come forward to normalise breastfeeding

Thanks to this trend, many mums have shared emotional and heartfelt messages along with their 'brelfies' and it is helping other mums to speak up against sexualisation of breastfeeding.

A German-based mum, Dalia Jordon Ross, for instance, shared as inspiring note along with a powerful brelfie.

She wrote: "I'm in love with these tree of life photos! They are BEAUTIFUL! Yes to all the women and men helping to normalize breastfeeding! Aaliyah breastfed up until she was 3.7 years old! And I wouldn't trade it! I allowed her to choose when she was ready to finish and it all worked out. I'm grateful I was able to nourish my baby girl with my own body! I feel like super mom!! Amazing what our bodies can do! Create life. Grow life inside our bellies. Nourish our little ones with our bodies to help them grow! What a miracle! #treeoflife #treeoflifepicture #treeoflifebreastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #breastfeeding #breastfeedingmothers #motherhood #mommyhood."

But Ross is not the only one.

Candice Swanepoel, who is a famous Victoria’s Secret model recently shared a brelfie and revealed how she has been a victim of sexualisation of breastfeeding and how this trend can help erase this problem.

Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children. I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I’ve done in the name of art..?” she wrote

"The world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on tv...why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding? -Breastfeeding is not sexual it's natural- Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits breastfeeding has on mother and child and intern on society as a whole," she added. 

But this is not the only cause. Some mums are also using this platform to show how pumping and bottle-feeding are also absolutely normal ways to feed the kids.

Continue reading to see this one image a mum shared that shows her pumping! And also learn how to use this app and create memoirs with your babies!

Mums come forward to normalise pumping

Apart from new mums who shared several of their 'brelfies' to highlight the importance of normalising breastfeeding, some mums used the platform to show why pumping is the right thing to do if you have to!

One mum even shared a picture of herself pumping from both her breasts and received an overwhelming response from the readers.

This picture was shared by @iam_the_pacifier and was titled: "Let's not forget about our hard working pumping mamas! You are working so hard to provide for your little ones! Keep on rocking mamas!"

A photo posted by @breastfeedingart on

This trend has started a new revolution that is pushing new mums to come forward and fight for the basic right of their babies. They are no longer just pieces of art, all of these images tell powerful stories.

Take a look at some of these amazing stories using the two hashtags (#treeoflife and #normalisebreastfeeding), and we bet you'll be as inspired as we are!

A photo posted by @kathrines22 on

How to use PicsArt

If you're wondering how to create this digital art yourself, here are the simple steps you need to follow:

  • Download the application on your iOS or Android phone.
  • Register on the application or use Facebook login to register (both work fine!)
  • Allow the application to access your camera and images (don't worry, your images are safe)
  • Chose the image you want to edit or click a picture
  • Now click on the option 'Add Photo' (this appears below the image you select and will add a tree in front of your original image
  • Now rotate or increase the size of the tree if you so desire
  • Click on 'Magic' (on the bar below the image)
  • Select a filter for your image and Viola! You have the #TreeofLife

Read: 11 reasons why breastfeeding rocks

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj