This may be a controversial post to some, but to others it may be a light at the end of the dreary tunnel. Seven years ago, I gave birth to a miracle baby. I was young and completely unprepared as a first time, single mom. But I did know one thing for sure, I was going to provide for my child in every way I could so to start, I decided to breastfeed. I did my research, watched what I put in my body, and willed my milk to come in. I was one of the lucky few in the sense that it didn't take long, and she had no issues latching. Being in the hospital and nursing was easy. No one questioned what you were doing, or gave you sideways glances. However, after we were released, it was a whole different ballgame. I began feeling very self conscious and very aware of my surroundings when I went to feed my child. I didn't want to offend anyone by accidentally "exposing" myself. I began hiding in bathroom stalls and rushing to my car to nurse with my daughter screaming shrilly at the top of her lungs because I wasn't quick enough or I had to rush her feeding. Eventually my breastfeeding days were over, my milk supply slowly stopped, and the demand was a lot more than I could keep up. I was devastated.
With all of the struggles I faced as a breastfeeding mom, I became a strong advocate in the #NormalizeBreastfeeding campaign. I included breastfeeding sessions in my bucket list themes because I want to empower women, show them that they should not have to hide in bathroom stalls and cars to nourish and provide for their children.You wouldn't eat your lunch in a bathroom stall, why would you make a child? Breastfeeding is one of the most amazing bonds between a mother and child. Instead of hiding it, we should be embracing it.
During my session I met three beautiful women and their adorable children. These moms absolutely rocked it and I was so beyond grateful they gave me the opportunity to document this moment for them.
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