Although it's true that high-BMI women have lower breastfeeding rates overall (and you can read more about the problems with that here), it's not true that most women of size can't or won't breastfeed.
Many women of size can and do breastfeed, although sometimes it's in spite of care providers, not because of them.
To counteract this perception that fat women can't/don't breastfeed, here are some lovely photos of plus-sized women nursing their children.
I've tried to put together a variety of pictures; women breastfeeding after a hospital birth, women breastfeeding after a homebirth, women breastfeeding in the NICU, women breastfeeding older children, women breastfeeding while pregnant with another baby, women tandem nursing two children, women using various nursing holds, etc. The truth is that women of size breastfeed under many different circumstances and conditions, and these pictures represent that diversity of experience.
Thank you to the women who have so generously sent their breastfeeding pictures with me so that I may share them as needed. Thank you for being patient while I gathered together enough entries to make a diverse gallery of photos.
[Readers, remember that the copyright for these pictures remains with the mothers, and no one may reproduce these elsewhere without express permission.]
You can see more lovely nursing portraits here, at my friend's blog.
As an addendum, here is a video promoting breastfeeding for native peoples. It's long, and it has some of the usual misleading talk about breastfeeding "preventing" obesity (it may lower the chances for obesity modestly but it certainly doesn't prevent it unilaterally), but it does use images of all sizes of women breastfeeding. That's very rare in breastfeeding promotion materials.
(You can find more support for breastfeeding for native mothers at http://nativemothering.com/.)
I'm always looking for more photos of plus-sized pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. I am especially interested in having more pictures of women of color who are also women of size, but I am happy to receive any photos.
If you have some photos you want to share, you can email them to kmom AT plus-size-pregnancy DOT org. Be sure to give explicit permission to share your photos, and remember that they do get shared with the world permanently if you decide to do this!
Thanks again to those who have generously shared their photos. Enjoy!