A ‘fearless’ burns survivor hopes a powerful photo of her breastfeeding will encourage other mothers not to give up.
Mimi Stevenson, 34, suffered severe burns in a house fire at the age of two after her family’s boiler exploded.
The Michigan mother, who also lost her baby brother in the blaze, told BBC Newsbeat: “I wanted to share my story to help others not give up like I did when I was 20.
“As long as their breasts work they should be used the way nature intended them to be.”
Ms Stevenson, who is studying to be a nurse, decided she would breastfeed her second child, and a photo of her posing with her son, Josiah, has been shared by thousands online.
“I am just so blessed that my breasts didn’t get any damage to them and I am able to nurse my little prince,” she wrote on the Black Women Do Breastfeed Facebook page.
Photographer Ivette Ivens later posted the professional photos on her Facebook page with the caption: “Mother of two. Fire survivor. Warrior. Breastfeeder.”
“The fire inside burned stronger than her desire to succumb to the names, walls and judgements brought against her. Overcoming obstacles was a chapter in her childhood. Defying the odds became her story,” she wrote.
Follow her on instagram on @schamica211
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