When I was thinking about doing these minis and setting up photos for an advertisement, I really went back and forth between running a model call for a breastfeeding mama or if I should ask my friend and fellow photographer, Megan from Megan Elisabeth Photography to take pictures of me with my daughter Olivia. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem having these sort of photos for myself. But plastering them all over Facebook for all to see?? Not really me. But, in the end I decided to go ahead and do it. I decided that If I was going to ask my client’s to openly breastfeed while we photograph them, I could most definitely post these photos that she captured of me and my daughter… which are gorgeous, by the way! 😉
When I breastfed my first, Genesis, I was so incredibly nervous with feeding her in public. To make matters worse, she was EXTREMELY colicky for the first 5 months…. so add on top of that the stress and anxiety of going anywhere around the time when she needed to nurse… I was a nervous wreck. I would take my cover along everywhere we went and made sure she was 100% hidden.
I remember specifically two occasions when people asked me to go elsewhere to nurse her. Both times I was covered and one of those times I was told to go find a restroom (this was by a woman, who you would think would understand especially since she had children of her own). The shame I felt was indescribable and there is absolutely NOTHING shameful with giving your little one the nourishment they need! This time around, I’ve had a 100% change in the way I do things. I still nurse modestly, albeit without my cover… However, when Olivia is hungry I feed her. I don’t make her scream and cry until we can get somewhere more private. I don’t excuse myself to my vehicle when we are out…. I’ve nursed in the middle of Target and Walmart with one hand on the cart, I’ve nursed in the middle of restaurants… I nurse in the middle of church… This is the way it should be… #normalizebreastfeeding Please let me know if you have any questions about these minis! If you know of any breastfeeding mamas who may be interested in having these moments captured, please feel free to share this blog post.
Much love! ❤