World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1st - 7th all over the globe to encourage breastfeeding and to improve the health of babies around the world.
Even though I grew up around plenty of babies, none of them were nursed by their mothers. At least not in front of me. Still, breastfeeding was something that seemed to come naturally the moment my daughter was placed in my arms.
As natural as breastfeeding felt, it wasn't always easy. At times it was painful, exhausting and I felt like giving up. I held strong, never wanting to disappoint the little nursling who depended on and vigorously enjoyed my milk. I knew in my heart that I'd regret quitting so I set small goals. Over time nursing became effortless and I was so grateful that I did not quit. Before I knew it my two week goal turned into two years.
Breastfeeding comes easily to some women. For others there are obstacles. For all of us, it is a journey. In honor of Breastfeeding Mom's and World Breastfeeding Week I'm sharing 5 breastfeeding stories for this month's 5 on 5 photo share.
I photographed this baby's birth, and his very first nursing session. He's less than one hour old in this photograph:
A self portrait, nursing my one year old son:
A rockstar Mom of three, breastfeeding her 1 month old newborn twins:
I photographed this Mama nursing her 3 week old newborn:
And Pumping Moms, this one's for you:
Breastfeeding has been a profoundly beautiful experience. An experience that bonded me with my children as well as other nursing mothers.
My son is still nursing at 28 months. Soon he will wean, but for now I still hold him tight in my arms. I know all to well that these moments in motherhood are fleeting. If you're interested in capturing sweet and authentic memories like these in the comfort of your home, get in touch, I'd love to chat with you about a Motherhood Session.
Next up in this month's blog circle is Margaret Albaugh Spokane Photographer Be sure to head on over and see what she has to share!