Multitasking Mama! Tess Holliday Breastfeeds Bowie During Photoshoot Prep

07/13/2016 at 02:30 PM ET

When a baby’s gotta eat, a baby’s gotta eat!

On Tuesday, model Tess Holliday shared another breastfeeding photo to Instagram.

In the image, 5-week-old son Bowie Juniper breastfeeds while his mom gets her hair and makeup done for a Pennington’s photoshoot.

“[This photo] reminded me of [Gisele Bündchen‘s] iconic photo breastfeeding on set,” the size 22 model wrote next to the shot, which was taken by her fiancé Nick Holliday.

“Working moms come in all shapes, sizes, colors & creeds!” she continued, with the hashtags, “#normalizebreastfeeding,” “#workingmom” and “#whorunstheworld.”

Tess Holliday Breastfeeds Bowie On Set
Nick Holliday

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The body-positive Holliday, 31, recently faced criticism for sharing a couple of photos on social media that show her nursing Bowie freely. Her supportive fiancé’s response? To shut the haters down.

“Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about feeding your child, wherever that may be,” Nick wrote next to a black-and-white snap of their son breastfeeding three weeks after he was born. “And for the women out there who can’t breastfeed, don’t let anyone make you feel bad about that either.”

My friend @jackiedunnsmith snapped this photo of me breastfeeding Bowie today & it makes my heart swell 💕💖💕 #normalizebreastfeeding #bowiejuniper

A photo posted by Plus Model✖️ Mom ✖️ Feminist🎄 (@tessholliday) on

A lot of people seemed to get upset that @tessholliday posted a photo hashtagged "#normalizebreastfeeding" which didn't actually feature the act of breastfeeding. So here you go. She actually looks really sexy here – but it isn't always like that. Sometimes it's stressful and messy and nothing goes how you want it to. But sometimes it's bliss. Don't let anyone make you feel bad about feeding your child, wherever that may be, and for the women out there who can't breastfeed, don't let anyone make you feel bad about that either. Edited to add: Finding a plus size mother (two groups robbed of all sexuality) with whom I am in a relationship "sexy" for being a good mum is not the same as objectifying strangers body parts in public.

A photo posted by Nick Holliday (@nickhollidayco) on

Holliday is no stranger to online criticism concerning her parenting techniques — or her body.

“When people say to me, ‘I can’t tell you’re pregnant,’ I will continue to live unapologetically, to thrive in this body, prove the naysayers wrong & laugh at the ignorance,” she proudly captioned a nude bathroom selfie from May 19 that clearly depicted her 37-week bump.

“It’s also okay to tell someone to f— off when they give you unsolicited advice about what’s ‘best’ for you & your baby,” Holliday advised in the caption for another selfie she took at 32 weeks. “As women, we know what’s best & that’s our business … no one else’s.”

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Heather on

Ohhhhh honey, you are nothing like Gisele…

Anon on

I can’t I just can’t

Anonymous on

I’m in fear for the child’s life under those udders….

Lisa on

That was my first thought too Heather!!!

birdie night night on

More like Kim’s lame try at it

Mira on

Can’t any one of these women have an original photo when breastfeeding?

mira on

But the way YOU aren’t the one multitasking!! You are sitting and nursing

Gigi on

To Heather….none of us are anything like Gisele….but like Gisele, most of us are very strong, hard working women – Some of us breastfeed some of us don’t – it’s too bad you took the low road instead of the high road and did not keep your disrespectful comments to yourself.

Carolyn on

I feel sorry for the poor child when he gets old enough to realize what a lump of tattooed lard his mother is.

Just a Duck on

Oh gross.

Anonymous on

Is this going to be an everyday thing? Seeing this woman breastfeeding her kid on CBB? She’s starting to be featured on here almost as much as Chrissy Teigen and the Kardashians.

anon on

How much attention is PEOPLE going to give this lady?

Everytime she breastfeeds she gets a write up about it, breastfeeding with never be normalised if you keep giving something a bloody article/write up every time they do it, move on to some new news!

princess on

enough already.. like Heather said.. you aint no Gisele.. she started this all and all others are wanna bees.. enough said..

sally on

Did Nick actually say “She actually looks really sexy here” in the last picture? That is ridiculous!

SC on

Breastfeeding will never be “normalized” if y’all keep putting out articles every time this chick whips out her udders.

CH on

Shame on those of you who choose to make this about how fat or ugly you find her to be. You’re missing the point entirely. Overweight women are sent all kinds of messages that they probably can’t breastfeed because of their size. Gisele, Tess and many others are role models for many different body types who want to try breastfeeding. Let’s get past the superficiality of appearance. Underweight/overweight, tattoos, piercings, and/or other body differences have ZERO bearing on how good a mother that woman will be. You find pictures of someone…ANYONE…breastfeeding offensive or disgusting? Then don’t open an article that includes the words “breastfeeds” and “photo shoot.”

Desiree on

I don’t really care about her weight (I’m a bigger girl myself) or the fact that she wants to breastfeed in public (I always felt a little awkward about it and used a blanket to cover up, but that’s just a personal preference). I do think that her whole ”I’m just a working mom” thing is ridiculous. Most moms don’t have the freedom to be able to bring their kids to work and breastfeed feed them on demand. And they definitely don’t have a crew of stylists surrounding them while they do it.

I also thought the comment by her husband about her looking really sexy was odd, and honestly, it’s that kind of thinking that is pet of the whole problem that breastfeeding advocates face. The female body, and breasts specifically, have been so overly sexualized in our society that people get freaked out when a woman breastfeeds in public because she’s partially exposing herself. Not that you can actually see anything…seriously, I’ve seen more boob 1000 times on the red carpet. So instead of just saying something like, “My beautiful wife feeding our son.” He goes into this long thing where he ends up saying how sexy the picture is, and that goes directly against the goal of normalizing breast-feeding. It’s not *supposed* to be sexy. It’s supposed to be a natural function of life that shouldn’t be looked at as anything sexual.

Just Saying on

I was a size 22 last year (now a 12 after lots of hard work!) She is nowhere near 22. Likely 28-30, or bigger. She needs to be honest about her size. Promoting this very unhealthy weight is ridiculous.

Grosssss on

She just wants to show off her hippo-sized boobs. Disgusting.

Whatever Tess on

Nothing wrong with breastfeeding. But no one cares. Everyone of these celebs keep griping about it being normalized. It is normal, we just don’t give a sh**. As for Tess herself, she’s a lying thief. And the b**** doesn’t deserve attention. She’s so concerned with making people stop fat shaming, but photoshops the hell out of her pictures. Whatever man. She shouldn’t be a role model. We need people thay are truthful to be role models. I know Tess. And I wouldn’t trust her for anything tbh.

abigailwinslow on

I am a breastfeeding mom and it’s one thing to breastfeed in public when you have to and another to post it on social media continuously. What an obnoxious way to garner attention. Most people do not bat an eye when you go about your business in a humble and kind way. When you force it in everyone’s face, not everyone is going to appreciate it.

Normalize breastfeeding by being normal about it!

abigailwinslow on

I am a breastfeeding mom and it’s one thing to breastfeed in public when you have to and another to post it on social media continuously. What an obnoxious way to garner attention. Most people do not bat an eye when you go about your business in a humble and kind way. When you force it in everyone’s face, not everyone is going to appreciate it.

Normalize breastfeeding by being normal about it!

no body on

do these people get payed to do this?? I am all to breast feed but really while you get made up???

Belle on

Just Saying…..I have been thinking the same thing since she first showed up in media. That woman is way above a size 30. I was in retail at the most recognized name in plus-size women’s clothing. I dressed a lot of women for a lot of years. I wouldn’t even entertain this woman’s ego by bringing her a size 22 for her to split apart in the dressing room. And I am not shaming her, I am calling her out for lying!

Dirvish on

I was thinking the EXACT same thing. Weird…. Lol

Marsha on

…on the other hand, Giselle is soooo full of herself – seems like quite the b**ch – I’d rather listen to these other women any day.

Redsatchel on

Of course it reminds HER of Giselle, she orchestrated it that way. She’s gross and has a childish attitude when it comes to her weight

Belle on

abigailwinslow……..OMG you are the voice of reason!

Shea Marley on

All of you should be ashamed of yourselves for being so rude…
That child will LOVE his mother, no matter her size, just like your family loves you, even though you are rude, judgemental & shallow considering these comments.
My God, all of you are perfect, right?

Just Saying Again on

Her mooching boyfriend sexualized the photo of her breastfeeding. “She actually looks really sexy here.” Aren’t the breastfeeding-crazed mom’s AGAINST the sexualization?? That’s their whole argument. And she’s not a size 22. 32 is more like it.

jenny on

The only thing she has in common with Gisele is at that they both have a baby. I am so sick of the “body positive” movement- if you were really body positive, you’d take care of your body. Your body is it just what it looks like, it’s about health. No one can ever convince me obesity is healthy or something to celebrate.

Anonymous on

She’s breastfeeding while other people are doing her hair. So what!

new orleans on

Alright, we get it, your child is breast fed and you want us all to know & see it! Come on People.com, move on to another story…and NOT the Kardashian’s!
Enough already!

Nina on

that thing is a model??? I just threw up in my mouth. Gross

Dawn Wyman on

I think she is just like Gisele. Both are annoying and need to go away.

guestie on

To me it’s not the act itself (breastfeeding) but exposing her boobies like that. Cover up, lady we don’t wonna see that!
#exhibitionist

Andrea on

The cow feeding her calf…

Sandy on

Well here you go…..Peoples weekly breastfeeding agenda/story

Mimi on

her nipple is bigger than the baby’s head & her fat roll is bigger than the whole baby. Can we stop trying to make obese sexy? It’s not sexy. It’s gross. Sorry but some bodies deserve shame. Get a treadmill lady.

Beautiful on

There’s nothing more natural or more lovely than the sweet bond from nursing. 💗

Tree on

Yep, scrolled a bit and saw all the outraged comments. So people, what offends you more? That she’s fat? That she’s tattooed? That she breastfeeds in public? That she’s unapologetic about all the above? Guess what? It’s YOUR problem. Not hers. I think she looks great. And yeah, I’m fat and tattooed too, and breastfed my baby.

Karolina on

And somewhere in the world, Gisele threw up a little from the comparison!

Anonymous on

And………NO ONE CARES. This whole breastfeeding sh*t is getting BORING. You want to breastfeed, GREAT!!!! You don’t, that is GREAT too. Move the fack on with this bullsh*t.

Shay on

LMAO!!! The size 30 woman is comparing herself to a size 0? She’s an obese cow that needs to own up to her actual size, and quit posting her disgusting pics. No one wants to see a heifer have her teats sucked on.