Since the beginning of the human race, women have been breastfeeding their children, and breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. It builds a bond with your baby that is unmatched. That’s not to say that bottle feeding your baby is a bad thing- sometimes that it your only choice or the choice that is better for your family dynamic.
I choose to breastfeed my baby. I was devastated when, at 4 weeks old, I could no longer breastfeed my son. My milk had ceased to produce and I was forced to bottle feed him formula. Formula had no ill effects for my child. He took to formula with a gusto that he has continued to have for everything in his 14 years of life.
August 1st to 7th is World Breastfeeding Week. It is a proud tradition that was started in 1991, and has been celebrated every year since. While breastfeeding in public is often met with stares, ignorant comments, and in the age of the internet, shaming, millions of men and women worldwide are fighting to change the stigma. We live in a world that has love, gender fluidity, and a vast number of other human conditions, all fighting for acceptance, and breastfeeding acceptance should be high on that list.
In the spirit of entering the fight, I give you The ‘Breastfeeding Is Beautiful’ Project. My hope for the project is to find 5-10 women who, like me, are willing to join the fight for our children, for ourselves, and for future generations. It’s up to all of us to aid in fighting the breastfeeding stigma. The project will feature women breastfeeding their child(ren) as nature has intended. This will be a photographic project, so please be aware that any images captured during the project will be published to social media, as well as submitted to breastfeeding organizations for possible publication. While there is no specific age when a mother should stop breastfeeding their child, the project is limited to children 3 years of age and younger. Mothers of any age who are currently breastfeeding are welcome, though please be aware that should you be interested in participating and are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must sign for you to participate. Everyone that chooses to participate will be required to sign a service agreement and a model release.
My hope is to begin capturing the photographs for the project as soon as possible. Featured will be a series of individual mothers with/breastfeeding their child(ren), with a finale featuring every participant in a group.
For more information or to join the project, please email me here.
Together we can fight the stigma.