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Michelle Branch posted a breastfeeding photo from her wedding day, because brides multitask.
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Remember when Facebook wouldn’t allow users to post breastfeeding photos because they violated the site’s nudity policy?

Just five years ago, posting a breastfeeding photo was an act of defiance. Because of those acts of defiance, breastfeeding photos are no longer a big deal.

In fact, it can be quite beautiful. Now, Facebook welcomes mothers to share their experiences – experiences which can include feeding your baby on your wedding day.


Michelle Branch got married to the Black Key’s Patrick Carney in New Orleans, and now the singer-songwriter’s wedding album is going to include an ode to motherhood. Branch posted a photo of herself breastfeeding her son, Rhys, while clad in her wedding dress and veil.

Branch captioned the Instagram post with “a baby has to eat when a baby has to eat,”making the point that you never stop being a mom, even on your wedding day.

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Branch’s photo is another punch in the fight to destigmatize breastfeeding. By posting the photo, Branch shows that nursing mother have to do it whenever, wherever. Not only is breastfeeding natural, but you can look elegant while doing it.

The photo garnered a lot of support onInstagram, receiving an overwhelming amount of positive comments.

“And THIS is why women are amazing!! You’re a queen!” one person wrote on Instagram. “Such a beautiful bride.in a tender moment,” wrote another. One user put it simply: “#normalizebreastfeeding.”

Branch was also an inspiration to other moms just by posting a photo of breastfeeding in such a casual, normal way.

“Loveeeee,” wrote one commenter. “@alifedotowsky just posted a memory of her feeding her daughter in her wedding day and I just think it's beautiful. I have been struggling to feed my ten week old soon (tongue/lip ties, thrush, clogged ducts, etc) and these images help me wanna keep going!”

Other women were motivated to share their breastfeeding stories, including those who had to wear the mom and bride hat on the same day.  

“This is the best- I remember nursing my oldest daughter on my wedding day in my dress and being so worried about her spitting up on it 😆congratulations!” wrote one person. “Giiirlll, I’ve had my teets out everywhere breastfeeding,” wrote another user.

Branch’s photo helps demonstrate that it’s important for mothers to post about their experiences. By posting a photo in such a casual way, it destigmatizes the act by refusing to accept there’s a stigma in the first place. Additionally, it tells other mothers that there’s nothing wrong in nursing your child. And what can be more beautiful than that?

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We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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