By Alison Bowen
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The Gap advertisement which features Adaora Akubilo breastfeeding her baby was lauded by many as something that helps normalize breastfeeding and labels it as something to be celebrated, not hidden.
For hundreds of Instagram followers, it was a powerful moment that normalized breastfeeding, a mother nursing her son.
But the image, captured in a Gap advertisement for sleepwear, was just a typical moment with her son for Adaora Akubilo.
Akubilo is the model in the clothing company’s advertisement, unveiled Feb. 22 on Instagram and posted with the message, “Love your forever favorite.” It shows her cuddling her 20-month-old son, Arinze. The post is tagged with the hashtag #LoveByGapBody.
The second photo within the same post shows Akubilo breastfeeding the toddler.
Akubilo posted it on her own Instagram, writing, “I am the world’s proudest mama holding my little star.”
The advertisement was lauded by many as something that helps normalize breastfeeding and label it something celebrated, not hidden.
Comments include, “I’m ordering today, I want to support this” and “Love seeing this.” Viewers added their own hashtags such as #normalizebreastfeeding.
It’s an issue close to the Nigerian-American model’s heart. She herself has faced questions about breastfeeding her son. She said she has decided she will not worry about where she breastfeeds him, nursing in public is not a problem for her, or for how long.
Before she was a mother, she said, she thought she would breastfeed for perhaps six months.
But that six-month mark passed, as did the year mark. And her son still wants to breastfeed, and she enjoys the bonding, and so they continue.
As for the shoot, she said the moment happened organically.
They were shooting the scene, in which she wears their pima cotton and soft-wash sleep shirt. Both mom and son were booked for the campaign.