An image of a topless Brooklyn artist “tandem [breastfeeding]” her 5-week-old twins — one latched onto each breast — while simultaneously doing work on her laptop went viral earlier this month, and has become a source of inspiration for many women who fear having children could limit them in their careers. In the caption of the image, the artist, Hein Koh, 40, explained that her husband took the candid photo last May but that she reposted it as a throwback to “when my #twins were 5 weeks old and despite the sleep deprivation and frequent (every 2-3 hours, 24-7, 45 mins at a time) #breastfeeding, I was still getting shit done.” Having to deal with the twins, she added, hadn’t harmed her work but improved it, making her art “more interesting and layered as a result.”
Speaking with Buzzfeed, Koh said that the photo was “totally candid” and that she usually “tandem breastfed” her twins as a matter of convenience. “I don’t usually take my shirt completely off when I breastfeed but for some reason I did that day,” she recalled. “Maybe because it was hot.”
She decided to share the image, she said, not only because she thought it looked hilarious, but also because she had been bothered by famed Yugoslav artist Marina Abramovic’s claim that the burden of having children limited women’s success in the art world. “When women have kids people just assume their ambition and creativity will be compromised,” Koh said. “Sure there are compromises and sacrifices, but everyone’s situation is different and where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
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