I Photograph Breastfeeding Moms To Show That It Shouldn’t Be Taboo
In honour of Mother’s Day this year, I decided to put together a breastfeeding series focusing on one of the many ways that mothers nurture, soothe, and comfort across the globe.
Breastfeeding has always been a topic I hold close to my heart. I find the miraculous way our bodies can grow, birth and nourish babies simply fascinating.
After three babies of my own, I know first hand that breastfeeding is not always simple or easy. It presents a series of challenges that range from physical to emotional. It is not for every mother, or for every child. Sometimes it isn’t even a choice. I respect and support the difficult decisions all mamas make to provide what is best for their babies.
Join me in celebrating the love present in these moments and uplifting Mommies everywhere. Happy Mother’s Day!!
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This project was inspired by an incident that occurred when I posted my first breastfeeding self-portrait on the internet
What absolutely baffled me is the negativity and blatant shaming that nursing mothers face daily, particularly when it stems from other women
I wear my own breastfeeding battle scars proudly
They prevented me from nursing my first baby the way I wanted, for as long as I wanted
The second time around was much easier
I was able to experience the incredible bond and euphoria through breastfeeding, that I had yearned to feel the first time
I took this self portrait when my younger daughter was starting to wean, so that I could have a tangible memory of those cherished moments
My self portrait encapsulates love and motherhood in all the little details I want to remember
It also stands for strength and perseverance in the name of challenges
It’s sometimes not even a choice and I respect and support the difficult decisions all mamas make to provide what is best for their babies
When I photograph mothers nursing their children I am overcome with a sense of peace that permeates my entire being
The connection and love present is powerful, organic, sometimes raw, but absolutely beautiful
I feel the need to celebrate and bring awareness to a topic that still remains as taboo as it is natural
Join me in celebrating the love present in these moments and uplifting Mommies everywhere
Happy Mother’s Day!
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