A colorful balloon sculpture on a storefront in Omagh attracts the attention of shoppers as part of World Breastfeeding Week.
The display in the Co Tyrone Town Showgrounds is a collaboration between the Northern Ireland-based Breastival organization and balloon artist Ryan Tracey.
Tracey, who broke several world records for some of her creations as well as appearances on Britain’s Got Talent, said it was a unique sculpture to make and highlighted a significant problem.
Ryan told MyTyrone: “Because of the nature of what they do and what they do to raise awareness, by making breastfeeding more inclusive in society and considering that Northern Ireland has one of the lowest rates in Western Europe, it was a good opportunity for both of us.
“We wanted to do something that sensitively and carefully represents the message we wanted to convey, and that message was that people shouldn’t be uncomfortable when they see a woman in public breastfeeding a baby.
“It’s a very natural thing, it’s something important. If for some reason a mother feels like she cannot do this, it is detrimental to her at first and detrimental to the child.
“It’s an important message and it’s just a different way of communicating it. You can tell from the people he reached on social media that he resonated with a lot of people.
“We all need to do our part to make sure these mothers aren’t isolated and don’t feel like they can’t breastfeed in public.
“This is one of the most important sculptures that we have done, and we have given a lot of thought to the position of the woman feeding the baby, the way she looks down and the relaxed approach and so right now. You can feel the heat and how natural it is by looking at these balloons. “
Catherine Muldoon of the Breastival organization in Northern Ireland said the sculpture was a way to start conversations with the townspeople.
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Catherine added, “We came up with the idea of a balloon sculpture in Omagh as a way to engage people in discussing breastfeeding.
“Breastival is currently live this year with a full week of amazing events ranging from yoga and campaigning to political engagement sessions.
“This year we were keen to make the news of Breastival known to people in new areas. Omagh is my hometown and I knew it would be the perfect place to create the opportunity to celebrate Breastival and the Week. breastfeeding world.
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