Burns survivor inspires others with powerful breastfeeding photo Burns survivor inspires others with powerful breastfeeding photo
A ‘fearless’ burns survivor hopes a powerful photo of her breastfeeding will encourage other mothers not to give up. Mimi Stevenson, 34, suffered severe... Burns survivor inspires others with powerful breastfeeding photo

A ‘fearless’ burns survivor hopes a powerful photo of her breastfeeding will encourage other mothers not to give up.

Mimi Stevenson, 34, suffered severe burns in a house fire at the age of two after her family’s boiler exploded.

The Michigan mother, who also lost her baby brother in the blaze, told BBC Newsbeat: “I wanted to share my story to help others not give up like I did when I was 20.

Schamica Stevenson

“As long as their breasts work they should be used the way nature intended them to be.”

Ms Stevenson, who is studying to be a nurse, decided she would breastfeed her second child, and a photo of her posing with her son, Josiah, has been shared by thousands online.

“I am just so blessed that my breasts didn’t get any damage to them and I am able to nurse my little prince,” she wrote on the Black Women Do Breastfeed Facebook page.

Mimi Stevenson 

Photographer Ivette Ivens later posted the professional photos on her Facebook page with the caption: “Mother of two. Fire survivor. Warrior. Breastfeeder.”

“The fire inside burned stronger than her desire to succumb to the names, walls and judgements brought against her. Overcoming obstacles was a chapter in her childhood. Defying the odds became her story,” she wrote.

Follow her on instagram on @schamica211

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  • Titania

    2018-10-18 #1 Author

    Beautiful awwwwwwww 💕💕💕

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    • Housten

      2018-10-29 #2 Author

      Isn’t it! So inspiring!

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  • Itiyunna

    2018-10-18 #3 Author

    May god continue to bless you

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  • Aalyah Mathis

    2018-10-19 #4 Author

    God is good n she’s a strong woman 🙏💯

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  • Tierra

    2018-10-19 #5 Author

    I just love blessings such as this one 🤞🏾🙌🏾

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  • Tamera Kay

    2018-10-19 #6 Author

    God bless. This beautiful family.

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  • Cristy Baquiran

    2018-10-19 #7 Author

    Being a breastfeeding mom there is no substitute for mother’s milk.Perks of a breastfeeding mom is the bond and connection of a baby and the mother.

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  • Naomi

    2018-10-19 #8 Author

    Awwwww god is great☺

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  • Kyndyll

    2018-10-19 #9 Author

    Amen that’s amazing 😍

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  • Quenecia

    2018-10-19 #10 Author

    She a beautiful, strong, and amazing woman. I’m glad I got to read her story.

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  • Patricia Little

    2018-10-19 #11 Author

    That’s a beautiful picture! After reading her story I feel like more women should breastfeed their babies.

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  • Lisa

    2018-10-19 #12 Author

    this is so crazy! thank god she’s still alive

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  • Lacresha Johnson

    2018-10-19 #13 Author

    I also was burned. I have 2nd and 3rd degree burns on my body. GOD bless you ❤

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  • Tia

    2018-10-19 #14 Author

    Inspiring story ❤️

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  • Maranda

    2018-10-19 #15 Author

    Your Still Beautiful ♥️♥️🤞🏽

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  • lauren

    2018-10-19 #16 Author

    god bless y’all!! 💙

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  • Honesty

    2018-10-20 #17 Author

    This is beyond Beautiful 😍😍

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  • Raven

    2018-10-20 #18 Author

    Love this❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  • Ty Cole

    2018-10-20 #19 Author

    Sad situation but she’s blessed to still be here and to be a strong mother.

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  • Lamontraya

    2018-10-20 #20 Author

    Wow this is very amazing god loves people in many ways

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  • John Thompson Jr.

    2018-10-20 #21 Author

    Inner health and inner beauty will always trump every thing else

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  • Jada Beckworth

    2018-10-21 #22 Author

    This is sad and beautiful at the same time.

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  • Milan Lynn

    2018-10-21 #23 Author

    Awesome story. I wanted to breastfeed with my last child. Something I didn’t do with my other children. This story gives me motivation to do so while I still have time.

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  • Miakiya

    2018-10-21 #24 Author

    She is beautiful

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  • Shelby

    2018-10-21 #25 Author

    This is so beautiful

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  • Shelby

    2018-10-21 #26 Author

    This is such a beautiful and amazing story to inspire other moms!

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  • Jess

    2018-10-22 #27 Author

    Powerful story!

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  • Yessi Garcia

    2018-10-22 #28 Author

    Wow that’s so amazing! 😊

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  • Ange-Martine

    2018-10-22 #29 Author

    A strong woman👏

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  • Tori

    2018-10-22 #30 Author

    Wow this is amazing ❤️

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  • Nitayja

    2018-10-22 #31 Author

    This is such a sweet article. I’ve heard of this woman before on television. Happy to see that she is happt and doing so well. And i loveee that she’s breastfeeding!!

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  • justice

    2018-10-22 #32 Author

    Beautiful. & also inspiring

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  • Tykara

    2018-10-23 #33 Author

    So inspiring 😍❤️

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  • Rosariah

    2018-10-23 #34 Author

    May god bless you ❤️😍

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  • Jalisa

    2018-10-24 #35 Author

    I love it. I was burned in a house fire as well and had a baby 1 year ago . It was such a blessing ..

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  • Faith Scott

    2018-10-24 #36 Author

    Wow! So amazing! Inspiring and wonderful story! Women can do anything😍❤️💓💪🏾

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  • Tina

    2018-10-24 #37 Author

    May god continue to bless you and r beautiful baby. ❤

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  • Victoria

    2018-10-25 #38 Author

    This is very empowering

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  • Rose

    2018-10-25 #39 Author

    So beautiful ❤️😭

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  • Carla

    2018-10-25 #40 Author

    Women are just such amazing people beautiful story

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  • Kaprese

    2018-10-25 #41 Author

    So beautiful ❤️❤️

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  • Marie Matienzo Yabut

    2018-10-25 #42 Author

    Beautiful and very inspiring… ❤❤❤

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  • Tierra Seals

    2018-10-25 #43 Author

    This is beautiful ❤️

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  • Pricilla Mccray

    2018-10-25 #44 Author

    What an amazing woman and beautiful baby

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  • Dakota solomon

    2018-10-26 #45 Author

    This is beautiful 😻

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  • Kennedy Sims

    2018-10-26 #46 Author

    So inpiring ❤️❤️❤️

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  • Terra Hennessey

    2018-10-26 #47 Author

    She is truly an inspiration!

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  • McKenzi Skinner

    2018-10-26 #48 Author

    Awe. This made my day. They are both beautiful ❤️❤️😍.

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  • Najah

    2018-10-27 #49 Author

    I know her bundle of joy took all of the pain away ☺️☺️

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  • Jamirra

    2018-10-27 #50 Author

    So amazing , she’s strong

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  • Mariah

    2018-10-29 #51 Author

    I love this !! Very inspiring

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