I have been wanting to be able to capture a breastfeeding photo session for a while now, but didn't get to it until a little while ago. The week that I took the photos coincided with World Breast Feeding Week. I thought to myself that this is a good chance to finally take some of those breast feeding pictures I have wanted to. This beautiful mamma here answered to my model call that I posted on my Facebook page and let me take pictures of her nursing her little baby girl. It was such a fun session to be apart and I am so thankful that I got to capture this all. As a mother of two boys that were exclusively breastfed, I feel honoured to be able to photograph a mom doing this very beautiful, sacrificial, and loving work for her child. Not all mom's ....
(for various reasons) get the opportunity to breastfeed their babies and that is okay. As long as baby is fed and healthy, that is what matters most. It is surely a beautiful experience and I wish all moms could have the opportunity to be able breastfeed their children. Cheers to all of the times when our nipples are aching and maybe even bleeding and you are crying while your baby is drinking from them. Cheers to all of the gross, wet nights of milk all over the bed ?. Cheers to all of the times you wanted to pass baby to daddy for him to feed baby but you couldn't because daddy doesn't produce milk lol ?. Cheers for all the songs we invented because we run out of songs to sing to our little ones when they take forever to feed ?. Cheers for having the privilege to nurse our babies. Cheers for all of those moms who didn't get to do this but tried hard too.
I looked up the etymology of 'to nurse" and it means 'to nourish" . I looked at some different meanings of 'to nurse' and found another meaning 'take special care of, especially to promote development or well-being". The best one though is apparently used in the forestry industry 'a tree or crop planted as a shelter to others'. These all describe what it is that mother do when they breastfeed, not only do they nourish their child, they take special care to promote development and well being but they are a strong tree providing shelter and comfort for their child.
I am so lucky to live in Waterloo Region where the Baby-Friendly Initiative is supported and where breast feeding mothers are welcome to breastfeed anytime, anywhere. To read more about breast feeding in Waterloo Region you can click HERE.
Do you need support with breast feeding? Waterloo Region has some great community resources like the Breastfeeding Buddies, The Community Breastfeeding Alliance and La Leche League. For more information on breastfeeding community supports in Waterloo Region, check the Breastfeeding Support in Waterloo Region list of services.
Take a look at the slideshow for more pictures of the wonderful photo shoot. If you would like your pictures taken like these ones, you can contact me by clicking HERE and you can see more of my work by clicking HERE. Feel free to share this blog and of course, Happy Belated World Breast Feeding Week!