2018 World Breastfeeding Week

In honor of 2018 World Breast Feeding Week we would like to share this phenomenal collection illustrating the variety, complexities, and beauty surrounding breastfeeding.  Please take some time to read some of the stories associated with the images.  We would love to hear your story in the comments below.  #WBW2018

 Samantha Hines Documentary Family Photography /  https://www.samanthahinesphotography.com/    Her nursing relationship was sacred, but her life saving surgery was vital. The fear that this surgery would end her ability to nurse her four month old daughter was terrifying to her.  And yet, this sweet baby didn't skip a beat, and I imagine, their relationship is that much stronger because of it. 

Samantha Hines Documentary Family Photography / https://www.samanthahinesphotography.com/ 

Her nursing relationship was sacred, but her life saving surgery was vital. The fear that this surgery would end her ability to nurse her four month old daughter was terrifying to her.  And yet, this sweet baby didn't skip a beat, and I imagine, their relationship is that much stronger because of it. 

 Wild Heart by Amanda Smith /  www.wildheartbyamandasmith.com   I was able to do this breastfeeding session for a fellow military wife and practicing doula before she relocated to Georgia. This session was special to me because she and this baby were part of a World Breastfeeding Week group shoot that was my first breastfeeding session ever. It was beyond meaningful to realize my own growth and success as I helped celebrate hers.

Wild Heart by Amanda Smith / www.wildheartbyamandasmith.com

I was able to do this breastfeeding session for a fellow military wife and practicing doula before she relocated to Georgia. This session was special to me because she and this baby were part of a World Breastfeeding Week group shoot that was my first breastfeeding session ever. It was beyond meaningful to realize my own growth and success as I helped celebrate hers.

  Ashley Short Photography  /  www.ashleyshortphotography.com    Every year, I gather women together to create this image, and I do it for a good reason. It’s not to gloat, or to show off skin, or to get attention. It’s because we need support. MOTHERHOOD is hard. To me, it’s not about the boobs, or the bottles, or even about feeding. It’s about community and our society. Women supporting women, no matter how that looks. (This event is always open to everyone-bottle feeders, SNS users, milk sharers, etc. Advocates. Unfortunately, we don’t often get those women represented.) Before motherhood, I thought breastfeeding would be “beautiful and natural” and I wasn’t prepared for the challenges my body would throw at me and that breastfeeding is HARD. It’s HARD, y’all. We often have to overcome our own physical, mental, or emotional setbacks just to be able to feed our children, and if we do overcome those, we generally have to push through our sex-crazed society’s critical glares when we need to feed our children. We have to balance work and motherhood. We have to find the resources to care for a tiny human(s), often while meeting the demands of others. We have challenges that require support, and many of us aren’t fortunate enough to have all the support it takes to keep feeding our children the way we’d like. For those who are fearful of breastfeeding in public, this photo is often a safe place to take that initial step. For others, it’s a way to meet other parents and find that outreach. This year, we’ve included pregnant mothers because it’s about supporting the mother and what's to come. These ladies are literally and figuratively standing together to #NormalizeBreastfeeding . Not because #BreastIsBest , but because if we aren’t united, we will never be able to feed our children when we want, how we want, without being judged. This is for our future, and for our daughters. My goal is that someday, my daughter may feed her children without needing to explain herself.

Ashley Short Photography / www.ashleyshortphotography.com 

Every year, I gather women together to create this image, and I do it for a good reason. It’s not to gloat, or to show off skin, or to get attention. It’s because we need support. MOTHERHOOD is hard. To me, it’s not about the boobs, or the bottles, or even about feeding. It’s about community and our society. Women supporting women, no matter how that looks. (This event is always open to everyone-bottle feeders, SNS users, milk sharers, etc. Advocates. Unfortunately, we don’t often get those women represented.) Before motherhood, I thought breastfeeding would be “beautiful and natural” and I wasn’t prepared for the challenges my body would throw at me and that breastfeeding is HARD. It’s HARD, y’all. We often have to overcome our own physical, mental, or emotional setbacks just to be able to feed our children, and if we do overcome those, we generally have to push through our sex-crazed society’s critical glares when we need to feed our children. We have to balance work and motherhood. We have to find the resources to care for a tiny human(s), often while meeting the demands of others. We have challenges that require support, and many of us aren’t fortunate enough to have all the support it takes to keep feeding our children the way we’d like. For those who are fearful of breastfeeding in public, this photo is often a safe place to take that initial step. For others, it’s a way to meet other parents and find that outreach. This year, we’ve included pregnant mothers because it’s about supporting the mother and what's to come. These ladies are literally and figuratively standing together to#NormalizeBreastfeeding. Not because#BreastIsBest, but because if we aren’t united, we will never be able to feed our children when we want, how we want, without being judged. This is for our future, and for our daughters. My goal is that someday, my daughter may feed her children without needing to explain herself.

  Jessi Ann Photography + Films  /  www.jessiannphotography.com   This sweet mom decided to breastfeed her newly adopted newborn. Such a sweet bonding experience for these two and a testament to how incredible our bodies are. 

Jessi Ann Photography + Films / www.jessiannphotography.com

This sweet mom decided to breastfeed her newly adopted newborn. Such a sweet bonding experience for these two and a testament to how incredible our bodies are. 

 Next 2 Venus /  www.next2venus.com    "The world will never stop moving around you." Breastfeeding a toddler in the middle of busy Fremont Street, in Las Vegas, NV.

Next 2 Venus / www.next2venus.com 

"The world will never stop moving around you." Breastfeeding a toddler in the middle of busy Fremont Street, in Las Vegas, NV.

 Gabriella Hunt Photographer /  www.gabriellahunt.com   "My feelings around having difficulty breastfeeding were so intense it took me by surprise. Feelings of worry, inadequacy, failure, and despair. Too many people just kept telling me it wasn't worth it. They were saying this from a place of caring because they could see how stressed I was by the process but this was not my truth, it was theirs. As long as I was not putting me or my baby in danger I wanted to persevere. With low supply and babies with milk transfer issues it was not easy but I nursed my son for 2 years and my daughter and I are still breastfeeding at 9 months with the use of supplement and an SNS. Our relationship is not conventional and others may have made different choices but it is what works for us. And it is worth it."

Gabriella Hunt Photographer / www.gabriellahunt.com

"My feelings around having difficulty breastfeeding were so intense it took me by surprise. Feelings of worry, inadequacy, failure, and despair. Too many people just kept telling me it wasn't worth it. They were saying this from a place of caring because they could see how stressed I was by the process but this was not my truth, it was theirs. As long as I was not putting me or my baby in danger I wanted to persevere. With low supply and babies with milk transfer issues it was not easy but I nursed my son for 2 years and my daughter and I are still breastfeeding at 9 months with the use of supplement and an SNS. Our relationship is not conventional and others may have made different choices but it is what works for us. And it is worth it."

 Lauren Wright Photography /  www.laurenwrightphotography.com    One year after photographing this sweet babe's newborn session (and 1 year ago this week), this mamma & one of us... Tiara Wilson , hired both myself and Baby Rose Photography for a dual breastfeeding session to mark her 1 year milestone!

Lauren Wright Photography / www.laurenwrightphotography.com 

One year after photographing this sweet babe's newborn session (and 1 year ago this week), this mamma & one of us...Tiara Wilson, hired both myself and Baby Rose Photography for a dual breastfeeding session to mark her 1 year milestone!

 Jen Conway Photography /  www.jenconwayphotography.com   Perseverance  This was baby number 2. She had so many problems with her first and was armed and ready and has had huge success this time around.

Jen Conway Photography / www.jenconwayphotography.com

Perseverance
This was baby number 2. She had so many problems with her first and was armed and ready and has had huge success this time around.

  Ashley Grimes Photography  /  www.ashleygrimesphotography.com     Sometimes, it takes hard times, to realize what you really want in life. Sometimes, it takes sacrificing an old life, to bloom into something you had no idea existed within yourself. Sometimes, it takes holding something so precious, you'd do anything to keep it safe. Sometimes, it takes giving every ounce of yourself... Motherhood is an inspiring journey, that can take one to places, they had no idea existed.

Ashley Grimes Photography / www.ashleygrimesphotography.com
 

Sometimes, it takes hard times, to realize what you really want in life.
Sometimes, it takes sacrificing an old life, to bloom into something you had no idea existed within yourself.
Sometimes, it takes holding something so precious, you'd do anything to keep it safe.
Sometimes, it takes giving every ounce of yourself...
Motherhood is an inspiring journey, that can take one to places, they had no idea existed.

 Borne Back Photography /  www.bornebackphotography.com    This sweet mom decided to make this coffee house nursing session her very last time nursing her older daughter. They'd been working on weaning for a few weeks and I was so thrilled to get this image for her to look back on as her babies grow.

Borne Back Photography / www.bornebackphotography.com 

This sweet mom decided to make this coffee house nursing session her very last time nursing her older daughter. They'd been working on weaning for a few weeks and I was so thrilled to get this image for her to look back on as her babies grow.

 Oak and Badger Photography and Film /  www.oakandbadger.com   I believe it's such an important thing to include older children throughout the birth experience and beyond. When kids grow up believing that birth and breastfeeding are normal, they'll have so much more knowledge, confidence and acceptance as they grow into loving, kind and caring adults. It pains me when I see Moms feel like they have to go into another room to feed their child in their own homes! One of the many reasons I do what I do is to reduce the negative stigma breastfeeding often gets and I believe we will get there one day!

Oak and Badger Photography and Film / www.oakandbadger.com

I believe it's such an important thing to include older children throughout the birth experience and beyond. When kids grow up believing that birth and breastfeeding are normal, they'll have so much more knowledge, confidence and acceptance as they grow into loving, kind and caring adults. It pains me when I see Moms feel like they have to go into another room to feed their child in their own homes! One of the many reasons I do what I do is to reduce the negative stigma breastfeeding often gets and I believe we will get there one day!

 Rushes & Waves | Birth Story Photographer /  www.rushesandwaves.com   In opposition of family separation and the policy that forced a nursling out of its mothers arms at the border, mamas in Portland got together outside the ICE detention center and nursed their babies on the line.

Rushes & Waves | Birth Story Photographer / www.rushesandwaves.com

In opposition of family separation and the policy that forced a nursling out of its mothers arms at the border, mamas in Portland got together outside the ICE detention center and nursed their babies on the line.

 Lane B Photography /  www.lanebphotography.com   This family felt that it was important to include their children every step of the way through the pregnancy. Once this surprise little sister was born, they eagerly climbed up on the bed to be with mom as she nursed for the first time.

Lane B Photography / www.lanebphotography.com

This family felt that it was important to include their children every step of the way through the pregnancy. Once this surprise little sister was born, they eagerly climbed up on the bed to be with mom as she nursed for the first time.

  Sashi Hesson - Photographer  /  www.facebook.com/sashihessonphoto    Time Out – Sure, it's a necessary stop but it's also a time to take in the beauty of your babes. Their smells, their perfect skin, their little hand scrunching your dress, their resting feet, their fine hairs. You stop, close your eyes and know that while you may not remember this moment in the years to come, you'll remember that you had many moments LIKE these that were pure happiness ❤️

Sashi Hesson - Photographer / www.facebook.com/sashihessonphoto 

Time Out – Sure, it's a necessary stop but it's also a time to take in the beauty of your babes. Their smells, their perfect skin, their little hand scrunching your dress, their resting feet, their fine hairs. You stop, close your eyes and know that while you may not remember this moment in the years to come, you'll remember that you had many moments LIKE these that were pure happiness ❤️

 Jennifer Mason Photography /  jennifermasonphotography.com   This mom wasn't sure how her daughter would be with breastfeeding photos, but she loved having the camera there.  She nursed and snuggled her mama, and looked up at me often.  It was a beautiful session to photograph, but even more, it was a beautiful connection to witness.  

Jennifer Mason Photography / jennifermasonphotography.com

This mom wasn't sure how her daughter would be with breastfeeding photos, but she loved having the camera there.  She nursed and snuggled her mama, and looked up at me often.  It was a beautiful session to photograph, but even more, it was a beautiful connection to witness.  

Sabrena Rexing Photography  / www.sabrenarexingphotography.com

After 4 devastating losses, this rainbow baby was worth the wait. Even though she came early, mom fought to breastfeed exclusively and has given her a beautiful start in life! 

 *Pittsburgh Born* Mothers /  https://www.pittsburghbornphotography.com/   The ultimate multitaskers. First latch while delivering the placenta.

*Pittsburgh Born* Mothers / https://www.pittsburghbornphotography.com/

The ultimate multitaskers. First latch while delivering the placenta.

 Monet Nicole Birthing Stories /  www.monetnicole.com   A little dose of oxytocin to start the week off right.   And yes, it still amazes me every time I see a new baby latch.

Monet Nicole Birthing Stories / www.monetnicole.com

A little dose of oxytocin to start the week off right. 

And yes, it still amazes me every time I see a new baby latch.

 Lee Pettigrew Photography  www.leepettigrew.com   All you need is love.

Lee Pettigrew Photography www.leepettigrew.com

All you need is love.

 K. Ranae photography /  www.kranaephotography.com   This mama never thought in a million years that she would breastfeed her child. She was uneducated on the topic and young. A friend took the time to explain the benefits for both mom and baby and how amazing it is and changed her mind. Almost 2 years later and she's still nursing this sweet girl. The stigma behind breastfeeding can't end if we constantly cave to what makes society comfortable. I'm not here to make you comfortable or uncomfortable, I'm here to feed and nourish my baby. Don't like it? Move on.

K. Ranae photography / www.kranaephotography.com

This mama never thought in a million years that she would breastfeed her child. She was uneducated on the topic and young. A friend took the time to explain the benefits for both mom and baby and how amazing it is and changed her mind. Almost 2 years later and she's still nursing this sweet girl. The stigma behind breastfeeding can't end if we constantly cave to what makes society comfortable. I'm not here to make you comfortable or uncomfortable, I'm here to feed and nourish my baby. Don't like it? Move on.

 Angela Slingerland Fotografie - The Netherlands /  www.aslingerlandfotografie.nl    That first latch.. For this gorgeous first time mom.  They waited 6 years for this little girl, and they both almost lost their lives when mom was 11 weeks pregnant. Because she had a heartattack.  And after 30+ hours of labor, they welcomed their baby girl. The joy in this moms eyes, I will never forget.

Angela Slingerland Fotografie - The Netherlands / www.aslingerlandfotografie.nl 

That first latch.. For this gorgeous first time mom. 
They waited 6 years for this little girl, and they both almost lost their lives when mom was 11 weeks pregnant. Because she had a heartattack. 
And after 30+ hours of labor, they welcomed their baby girl. The joy in this moms eyes, I will never forget.

 Family Moments by Sharalynne / www.sydneyfamilyportraits.com   After a long, hard ride, some bubs are just too tired and require a little help, such as Mumma's breastmilk in a syringe  #whateverworks

Family Moments by Sharalynne / www.sydneyfamilyportraits.com

After a long, hard ride, some bubs are just too tired and require a little help, such as Mumma's breastmilk in a syringe #whateverworks

  Nicole Streeter Photography   /  www.nicolestreeterphotography.com   This mama ended up having a belly birth. Baby needed meds and had to go to the NICU and mama was stuck down in recovery. I noticed the nurses thawing breastmilk for the baby (who wasn’t showing signs of hunger) and told them it was very important to mama that she get to breastfeed the baby and if they feed baby now, she won’t latch in 45 minutes when mom was released to be with her baby. Luckily dad heard and had them wait. When mom was wheeled in, baby latched perfectly. This was from her postpartum session a few days later.

Nicole Streeter Photography /www.nicolestreeterphotography.com

This mama ended up having a belly birth. Baby needed meds and had to go to the NICU and mama was stuck down in recovery. I noticed the nurses thawing breastmilk for the baby (who wasn’t showing signs of hunger) and told them it was very important to mama that she get to breastfeed the baby and if they feed baby now, she won’t latch in 45 minutes when mom was released to be with her baby. Luckily dad heard and had them wait. When mom was wheeled in, baby latched perfectly. This was from her postpartum session a few days later.

 Eden & Joy Birth Stories /  www.edenandjoybirthstories.com   Oh, oxytocin, how we love you. Sometimes the body just needs a little help, a little hand holding to do exactly what it is meant to do.  

Eden & Joy Birth Stories / www.edenandjoybirthstories.com

Oh, oxytocin, how we love you. Sometimes the body just needs a little help, a little hand holding to do exactly what it is meant to do.  

 Lotus & Lamb Photography /  www.lotusandlamb.com    For some, breastfeeding involves a baby and a breast. For others, it's not nearly as simple as that. This mama is tube feeding her daughter in hopes of someday establishing a sustainable working breastfeeding relationship with her little one.

Lotus & Lamb Photography / www.lotusandlamb.com 

For some, breastfeeding involves a baby and a breast. For others, it's not nearly as simple as that.
This mama is tube feeding her daughter in hopes of someday establishing a sustainable working breastfeeding relationship with her little one.

  C. Daisy Birth & Lifestyle Photography  /  w  ww.cdaisyphotography.com   This is what the mama in the picture had to say:   Too personal for social media....maybe, but like so many things, the more we talk about it, one day it might not be something that makes people uncomfortable. I know if I had read something like this before, maybe I wouldn’t have felt so isolated in the beginning like I was the only one who had these struggles. So first, I’m going to say I wholeheartedly believe that fed is best, more so now after this journey, and this is just my story, so regardless of how you feed your baby, your giving them just what they need 💕.  I always knew I was going to breastfeed, or I hoped to anyways, I never questioned my body or had any idea just how hard it could be, or even that there could be struggles with it really, I just thought it was natural and happened effortlessly. I mean social media makes it seem like this instant, perfect bond with endless gazing down at your baby as they feed......for Kolt and I, it wasn’t instant, or perfect, nor did I feel like we bonded in the beginning. The beginning can be hard, really friggen' hard, so if someone is reading this and struggling, I feel you, I’m here for you, your not alone.  The first 4 weeks of Kolt's life, because of his weight loss and my milk not coming in and the amount of oxytocin I was given, he was topped up with formula and under a strict feeding schedule from the Midwives and Pediatrician. I was trying to make it work with him, sobbing over him as we struggled and I questioned my body and my ability to feed him, wondering if a self image choice I made nearly a decade before was the reason I couldn’t make it work, feeling the heaviest guilt you could imagine. The exhaustion, the emotions, the support, the frustration, the guilt......I was a mess, but my Village was there and I stuck it out 💙 Anyways, I could go on and on, but really I’m not even sure if people read these novels of mine lol. So a few more light hearted learnings in the last years journey....pumping sucks! I mean literally, like a Dairy cow 🐄 lol but the sterilizing...props to the Mammas who pump! You need to sit and accept sometimes your just a human soother 🤱🏼. You will be surprised how ummmm flexible your feeding bits are lol. Carry a cardigan in your diaper bag because if you don’t have proper clothing on and you leak through.....🤦🏼‍♀️ People will still be archaic and think it’s inappropriate to post a picture of you breastfeeding, but acceptable to flaunt titties in skimpy outfits 🤨🤷🏼‍♀️

C. Daisy Birth & Lifestyle Photography / www.cdaisyphotography.com

This is what the mama in the picture had to say:

Too personal for social media....maybe, but like so many things, the more we talk about it, one day it might not be something that makes people uncomfortable. I know if I had read something like this before, maybe I wouldn’t have felt so isolated in the beginning like I was the only one who had these struggles. So first, I’m going to say I wholeheartedly believe that fed is best, more so now after this journey, and this is just my story, so regardless of how you feed your baby, your giving them just what they need 💕. 
I always knew I was going to breastfeed, or I hoped to anyways, I never questioned my body or had any idea just how hard it could be, or even that there could be struggles with it really, I just thought it was natural and happened effortlessly. I mean social media makes it seem like this instant, perfect bond with endless gazing down at your baby as they feed......for Kolt and I, it wasn’t instant, or perfect, nor did I feel like we bonded in the beginning. The beginning can be hard, really friggen' hard, so if someone is reading this and struggling, I feel you, I’m here for you, your not alone. 
The first 4 weeks of Kolt's life, because of his weight loss and my milk not coming in and the amount of oxytocin I was given, he was topped up with formula and under a strict feeding schedule from the Midwives and Pediatrician. I was trying to make it work with him, sobbing over him as we struggled and I questioned my body and my ability to feed him, wondering if a self image choice I made nearly a decade before was the reason I couldn’t make it work, feeling the heaviest guilt you could imagine. The exhaustion, the emotions, the support, the frustration, the guilt......I was a mess, but my Village was there and I stuck it out 💙 Anyways, I could go on and on, but really I’m not even sure if people read these novels of mine lol. So a few more light hearted learnings in the last years journey....pumping sucks! I mean literally, like a Dairy cow 🐄 lol but the sterilizing...props to the Mammas who pump! You need to sit and accept sometimes your just a human soother 🤱🏼. You will be surprised how ummmm flexible your feeding bits are lol. Carry a cardigan in your diaper bag because if you don’t have proper clothing on and you leak through.....🤦🏼‍♀️ People will still be archaic and think it’s inappropriate to post a picture of you breastfeeding, but acceptable to flaunt titties in skimpy outfits 🤨🤷🏼‍♀️

 Toni Nichole Photos /  www.toninichole.com   "There's a new baby in the house and everyone is trying to figure out where they fit in"

Toni Nichole Photos / www.toninichole.com

"There's a new baby in the house and everyone is trying to figure out where they fit in"

 Jodi Carol Photography /  www.jodicarolphotography.com    This dad wanted to learn all about breastfeeding. He wanted to know how best to support his wife and child. He wanted to be hands-on in the journey of breastfeeding. It was a beautiful to see a couple so connected and a woman so incredibly encouraged.

Jodi Carol Photography / www.jodicarolphotography.com 

This dad wanted to learn all about breastfeeding. He wanted to know how best to support his wife and child. He wanted to be hands-on in the journey of breastfeeding. It was a beautiful to see a couple so connected and a woman so incredibly encouraged.

  Santa Cruz Birth Photography & Doula Services  /  www.santacruzbirthphotography.com  Bay Area Birth & Motherhood Photographer + Filmmaker + Doula  "Celebrating nursing this sweet boy for one year"

Santa Cruz Birth Photography & Doula Services / www.santacruzbirthphotography.com
Bay Area Birth & Motherhood Photographer + Filmmaker + Doula

"Celebrating nursing this sweet boy for one year"

 JP Photography /  www.jp-photography.net   JP BIRTH Photography    Obsessed with Target.  Target always gets my money ;)

JP Photography / www.jp-photography.net JP BIRTH Photography 

Obsessed with Target.  Target always gets my money ;)

  Elliana Allon, artful photos of birth + life  /  www.instagram.com/elliana_allon    This beautiful first-time mother got to meet her son 2 months earlier than expected, due to pre-eclampsia. And so, this is her breastfeeding situation, in the minutes after her cesarean. Her midwife palpates her breasts, preparing them for hand expressing colostrum into tiny syringes that will be taken to her son in the NICU. Sweet little flannel pads lay upon her breasts, also to be taken back to her son, with her scent. She is tired, hungry, sore and drowsy from medication and right now, she needs every spare hand she can get, to help her achieve her goals. This is breastfeeding.

Elliana Allon, artful photos of birth + life / www.instagram.com/elliana_allon 

This beautiful first-time mother got to meet her son 2 months earlier than expected, due to pre-eclampsia. And so, this is her breastfeeding situation, in the minutes after her cesarean. Her midwife palpates her breasts, preparing them for hand expressing colostrum into tiny syringes that will be taken to her son in the NICU. Sweet little flannel pads lay upon her breasts, also to be taken back to her son, with her scent. She is tired, hungry, sore and drowsy from medication and right now, she needs every spare hand she can get, to help her achieve her goals. This is breastfeeding.

 Hanna Hill Photography / www.hannahillphotography.com   Her strength and courage after loss was what stuck with me most, she welcomed her little rainbow baby boy into her arms and within moments he was bonding and feeding furiously. She could all in one moment recognize the little one she had lost and still celebrate this precious child she was getting to breastfeed and hold.

Hanna Hill Photography / www.hannahillphotography.com

Her strength and courage after loss was what stuck with me most, she welcomed her little rainbow baby boy into her arms and within moments he was bonding and feeding furiously. She could all in one moment recognize the little one she had lost and still celebrate this precious child she was getting to breastfeed and hold.

  LuluBea Photography  /  www.lulubeaphotography.com    Mom said, "This little guy was born with borderline low blood sugar. The nurses recommended donor milk. I asked if she could just try skin to skin and nursing on demand all night and see if that fixed it. They said okay. Sure enough, (4 straight hours of nursing later) the pin prick the next morning showed his blood sugar went from 40 to 62 overnight from my colostrum alone!"

LuluBea Photography / www.lulubeaphotography.com 

Mom said, "This little guy was born with borderline low blood sugar. The nurses recommended donor milk. I asked if she could just try skin to skin and nursing on demand all night and see if that fixed it. They said okay. Sure enough, (4 straight hours of nursing later) the pin prick the next morning showed his blood sugar went from 40 to 62 overnight from my colostrum alone!"

 Slice of Love Photography /  www.Sliceoflovephotography.com   This 40-something single mom by choice had called me to document a day with her 16 month old. Being a single mom is hard, and her little girl is full of spunk and definitely keeps mom on her toes. But when she curled up in mom's lap there was this calm that fell upon the house, and the strength of this mom and the love she had for her daughter shined through. This is the power of breastfeeding. 

Slice of Love Photography / www.Sliceoflovephotography.com

This 40-something single mom by choice had called me to document a day with her 16 month old. Being a single mom is hard, and her little girl is full of spunk and definitely keeps mom on her toes. But when she curled up in mom's lap there was this calm that fell upon the house, and the strength of this mom and the love she had for her daughter shined through. This is the power of breastfeeding. 

  Meredith Westin Photography: Birth Stories and Films  /  meredithwestin.com   This sweet babe needed a little bit of extra help feeding. Papa and SNS to the rescue!

Meredith Westin Photography: Birth Stories and Films / meredithwestin.com

This sweet babe needed a little bit of extra help feeding. Papa and SNS to the rescue!

 Lillian Craze Birth Photography  /  Lcrazebirthphotography.co.uk   I spent a wonderful afternoon with these two beautiful ladies. Mum is a Doula friend and this is her scrumptious 10 month old daughter Autumn-Violet.

Lillian Craze Birth Photography  / Lcrazebirthphotography.co.uk

I spent a wonderful afternoon with these two beautiful ladies. Mum is a Doula friend and this is her scrumptious 10 month old daughter Autumn-Violet.

  Little Leapling Photography  /  www.LittleLeapling.com   This amazing single mama was a tandem nurser and has to pump while at work. She misses that close connection with her little ones while also having to put in the extra time, effort, and discomfort of pumping while away from them. She is a wonderful advocate of normalizing breastfeeding. This picture of her daughter feeding her a donut while she nursed her brother is one of my favorites!  I struggled with D-MER while nursing all three of my babies, but my youngest is 6 now and I've had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy due to extremely high cancer risks. I only have a handful of cell phone selfies and am sad that I never had professional nursing pictures. I always offer free nursing pictures for my clients regardless of the session type!

Little Leapling Photography / www.LittleLeapling.com

This amazing single mama was a tandem nurser and has to pump while at work. She misses that close connection with her little ones while also having to put in the extra time, effort, and discomfort of pumping while away from them. She is a wonderful advocate of normalizing breastfeeding. This picture of her daughter feeding her a donut while she nursed her brother is one of my favorites!

I struggled with D-MER while nursing all three of my babies, but my youngest is 6 now and I've had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy due to extremely high cancer risks. I only have a handful of cell phone selfies and am sad that I never had professional nursing pictures. I always offer free nursing pictures for my clients regardless of the session type!

  Sarah Elizabeth Photography  /  www.SarahElizabethTog.com   ‘I’m a low supply mama. I have worked so hard to get the ounces that I’m able to give him a day, and at 11 months, we’re still nursing strong. We have help with the use of donor breastmilk and a supplemental nursing system. The beginning days were so hard and confusing, not knowing my milk supply was low and then not knowing how to increase it. I finally figured out that my thyroid played a huge role in the milk making process and mine was not functioning correctly. Our story may not be glamorous or normal, but it’s ours and I am so proud of the both of us. We’ve battled tongue and lip ties and mastitis along with the low supply and nursing has always kept our bond strong. For us, nursing is more than me providing him the nutrition he needs. It’s his comfort. It’s his safety. Neither one of us are ready to give that up and I am so grateful for the supplemental nursing system that we have to be able to give us this chance. I’m also appreciative and grateful for the mothers that have donated their milk to us. Their selfless act has helped my baby grow, and I can’t thank them enough.’

Sarah Elizabeth Photography / www.SarahElizabethTog.com

‘I’m a low supply mama. I have worked so hard to get the ounces that I’m able to give him a day, and at 11 months, we’re still nursing strong. We have help with the use of donor breastmilk and a supplemental nursing system. The beginning days were so hard and confusing, not knowing my milk supply was low and then not knowing how to increase it. I finally figured out that my thyroid played a huge role in the milk making process and mine was not functioning correctly. Our story may not be glamorous or normal, but it’s ours and I am so proud of the both of us. We’ve battled tongue and lip ties and mastitis along with the low supply and nursing has always kept our bond strong. For us, nursing is more than me providing him the nutrition he needs. It’s his comfort. It’s his safety. Neither one of us are ready to give that up and I am so grateful for the supplemental nursing system that we have to be able to give us this chance. I’m also appreciative and grateful for the mothers that have donated their milk to us. Their selfless act has helped my baby grow, and I can’t thank them enough.’

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