“This is multitasking at its finest. This is providing for my children, while providing for my child. This is real life. This is motherhood, womanhood, entrepreneurship, and artistry all in one. This is my life, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.” Meet Jocelyn Mariah Haubert, a first-time breastfeeding mom, who posted this candid photo of herself for “every woman out there who lacks support or feels like she has to battle for her right to breastfeed publicly without shame.”
The photo, which was sent to WYSK, shows a “real life” moment shared by two women, Jocelyn, a Boston-based, professional makeup artist and mom to 18-day old Josiah, with her close friend, who was having her makeup done for maternity photos. Mid-application, as pencils and brushes were being stroked with masterful precision, Josiah let his mom (and everyone else) know he was hungry. So when Jocelyn couldn’t get him to her breast at the right angle from the harness, her friend offered to hold his head. With that, the baby was feeding and Jocelyn could continue working.
Their incredible “team effort” was something the friends laughed about while it was happening, and they didn’t take the photo with the intent to post it. But when Jocelyn viewed it she realized it captured something far more beautiful and powerful. In a phone interview with WYSK earlier today, she said, “I couldn’t imagine keeping it to myself. It held such power and emotion. I felt it embodied the strength and dedication of women all over the world, providing for their children in more ways than one.”
“It shows one woman helping another. And let’s be honest, we can never have enough of that.”
Once Jocelyn posted the photo to her Facebook page, it immediately became a means through which she could advocate for a subject that’s very close to her heart. “My mother never breastfed any of us because the lack of support she was given as a young mother. So my goal has been to support and advocate for women and breastfeeding, especially in public.” She added, “I feel that any bit of mention on the subject helps erase a bit of the stigma.”
The reaction among Jocelyn’s own social circle has been an outpouring of love and support. So after getting her permission to share the photo on Women You Should Know, we asked her what she hoped other women would take away from it. Her response speaks volumes as to why she is a woman you should know…
“I know many women have difficulties breastfeeding, whether it be with a work schedule, milk supply, medical issues, or even a lack of support. After speaking with many women on this subject, it seems the most important thing for a woman to continue breastfeeding with comfort, is support. Many women have even been shamed from breastfeeding publicly, therefore pushing them to use formula because it’s just easier, and less shameful to whip out a bottle than whip out a breast. I want to erase that shame. I want the woman who’s ready to give up, to give it one more shot. To make a goal of just one more week. And when she reaches that, make a goal of another week more. I want her to know she is not alone, that we share the difficulties, the pain and the exhaustion. But we also share the strength, pride, and fulfillment that breastfeeding provides. She is not alone. And no matter where in the world she is, she has my support.”