June 29, 2016 02:30 PM

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Tess Holliday has no qualms about extending her ideas of empowerment into new motherhood.

Proof? The size 22 model, who is celebrating her 31st birthday on Tuesday, posted a black-and-white snap of her 3-week-old son Bowie Juniper breastfeeding freely.

“I had to capture this moment because today was the first time I was successful at feeding lil Bowie [lying] down,” the body-positive second-time mom, who also has a 10-year-old son named Rylee, wrote proudly next to the photo she re-posted from fiancé Nick Holliday.

Alongside strong-arm and party-horn emojis, Holliday added the hashtags, “#normalizebreastfeeding” and “#motherhoodrising.”

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And the accompanying text on the original post shed a little bit more light into the realities of breastfeeding and new parenthood.

“She actually looks really sexy here — but it isn’t always like that,” Nick wrote. “Sometimes it’s stressful and messy and nothing goes how you want it to. But sometimes it’s bliss.

“Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about feeding your child, wherever that may be,” he continues. “And for the women out there who can’t breastfeed, don’t let anyone make you feel bad about that either.”

And though the Hollidays’ photos were meant to be positive and encouraging, like many social-media posts Holliday has made, they have received some criticism — which led Nick to set the record straight.

“Finding a plus size mother (two groups robbed of all sexuality) with whom I am in a relationship ‘sexy’ for being a good mum is not the same as objectifying [strangers’] body parts in public,” he added in an edit to his initial caption.

Jen Juneau

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