Brave mum (29) takes powerful photos to mark her last day of breastfeeding ahead of life-saving surgery
A brave new mother has been commended internationally after she shared photographs to mark her last day of breastfeeding ahead of a mastectomy.
Natasha Fogarty (29) was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, five months after welcoming her son Milo.
The mum, from St Louis in Missouri, shared intimate images of her last day of breastfeeding ahead of a mastectomy, a procedure in which her breast will be removed.
Natasha shared the images, captured by Vintage Lens Photography, on Facebook page Breastfeeding Mama Talk earlier this week, and they have since been shared around the world.
"My breastfeeding story stopped just Sunday. There are heavy tears in my eyes. ... I had to have a single mastectomy. I wanted and planned to breastfeed for a year. Unfortunately to save my life I had to stop."
The new mum first discovered the lump while she was pregnant with Milo, but did not think it was anything sinister.
However, five months after welcoming Milo, she received the shock diagnosis and doctors told her she would have to remove her breast to prevent the spread of the disease.
“On Sunday I decided to have a photo shoot to remember my last day breastfeeding. 2:05 am on Monday as my son fell asleep on my boob I was sad, but it was peaceful. I was lucky to be able to cherish the last week of our breastfeeding journey,” she said.
Since Natasha posted the images, they have been shared thousands of times.