Abbie Fox, a Las Vegas-based photographer and owner of Foxy Photography, is known for her “Fed is Best” viral photo shoots that beautifully portray mothers feeding their babies in all possible ways. Fox is an advocate for highlighting the struggles that mothers face today in a society that seems to demand so much of them, while also judging them along the way.
Now, she’s highlighting another issue that many moms encounter: mommy shaming.
Through a series of powerful photos of children holding up signs about what Fox calls “hot-button topics” for some moms, she shines a spotlight on the harsh comments and judgments that mothers often endure — and how ridiculous most of them sound when we (quite literally) spell them out.
The photos portray everything from little kids admitting that their moms drank coffee during their pregnancies to older children with signs discussing the medications that they are taking for ADD or ADHD. Alongside a baby propped up next to a sign saying that he has been formula-fed by choice, lives another happy-go-lucky preschooler proudly declaring that he was breastfed until he was 2. There are confessions about not eating dinner together, to screen times, to yes, even the use of leashes.
Behind all of the “mommy shaming” photos is the same message: We all raise our kids differently and that’s OK.
For Fox, it was especially important to convey to new mothers in the trenches that shame should have no power when it comes to making the decisions that are best for their families.
“I like to think of myself as a mom activist,” she notes. “I hate the crap we get sometimes. I hate that we get verbally abused for our choices even when we are making the best decision for our family.”