Sons & Daughters

World Breastfeeding Week

Alisamarie Hanks1 Comment

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!


I wanted to take a moment to celebrate and honor the breastfeeding mothers Ive had the privilege of photographing over the years. 

There is something amazing about feeding your child with your body- whether its the first latch or well into the toddler years- it's unexplainable.

Every time I am able to capture a photo that encompasses the beauty, I feel fortunate to be apart of it.

Breastfeeding is wonderful. 
Breastfeeding is magical.
Breastfeeding is beautiful. 

But sometimes it's not. 

Sometimes it's hard. 
Sometimes it's painful.
Sometimes it's just practical. 
Sometimes it's (dare I say) mundane. 

And those are the things we don't talk about often because they don't photograph well. But those are the things we need to talk about so we can prepare new moms for the struggles. 

So moms, don't let the beautiful breastfeeding photos fool you. Behind every gorgeous nursing photo is a mom who went through the same struggles just as you may have experienced. 

I love photographing majestic nursing photos in the woods with perfect lighting. 

But I also love the real nursing photos. The ones where you are in your home, in your favorite chair, cuddled up in your favorite position in bed. Time stands still. And you are soaking in every moment of this season that will one day just be a lovely memory. 

These are the moments you want to remember. 

Now let's take a second to celebrate supportive partners. 

Studies show that a supportive partner can aide in the success of your breastfeeding journey. 
And frankly, I don't think we give them enough credit. 

So here is to all the supportive partners out there: thank you!

Extended breastfeeding: 

There is much to be said on this topic and its funny because "extended" means different things in different parts of the world.
I will leave it at this- there are many benefits to breastfeeding beyond 12months. And this is a decision only a mother can make for her and her child. So let's support moms feeding their babies and toddlers as long as they feel comfortable and not put a time limit on something that doesn't have an expiration date. 

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To all the moms, 
You are wonderful. You are doing a great job. Let the haters, hate. Let them judge and stare. You do what's best for you and your child. You proudly feed your baby whenever, wherever you'd like (or they demand- because lets be honest… they aren't too polite when they're hungry.)

From one nursing mom to another- I applaud you. I support you. I celebrate you. 

 

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!