Armidale Bottle Feeding Photographer : Prue&Olive Cafe : PBAP 2016

Nicolle & Caleb (9 months)

 

“I breastfed my first son for 20 months & fully expected to do the same with my second son, so I applied to participate in the PBAP sessions.Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

“After 8 months, 20 bouts of horrible mastitis in my right breast, 26 courses of antibiotics, & two weeks on an IV drip of hardcore antibiotics in hospital, my second breastfeeding journey ended.”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestDuring those 8 months, as my health got worse, my Specialist begged me to stop. His winning argument was “better a bottle fed baby and a healthy mummy, than to continue on this path”(but his actual words were far less tactful).

Our last moment of breastfeeding was lunch time on Mothers Day 2016. I didn’t plan to wean my son on this particular day, but that evening he refused the boob. From this moment on I knew our journey would be forever different & now include only bottles.Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

“I shed lots of tears, held Caleb close & told him I was sorry I had failed.”

The first few weeks were really, really hard. I wondered if maybe our bond wouldn’t be as close? I prayed he would still be strong & healthy. What if he eventually felt I let him down?

Then one day as I bottle fed my son in a café, a lady said to me “Mothers these days don’t even bother to try to breastfeed! They are just lazy & selfish & go straight for the bottle…”

“Her words cut through my heart like a knife!”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestIf only she knew how hard I had tried!  I was so tired & emotional that I just walked away without saying a word in reply.

All I could think was “Let us just feed our babies when they are hungry. As long as their little tummies are full of milk they will be happy & content! And if we have happy & content babies, that makes us good mums!”Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

I contacted Leanda to cancel my PBAP session because I thought for sure I would not be wanted now that I was bottle feeding.  When she offered to do a bottle feeding session instead I spent the afternoon crying happy tears.

“I actually felt that broken part of my heart had started to heal.”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestI want to help normalise feeding a hungry baby in public, whether it’s using a boob or a bottle. There needs to be less stigma & judgement regardless of how you feed your baby.

“If a baby is hungry it just needs feeding!”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestI enjoyed everything about my PBAP session. It was such a beautiful moment for me to share with Caleb and I was so honoured to be still included. I would recommend a session like this to all mums.”

Thank you for following our 2016 International PBAP blog-circle.  Next up is Lindsey Welch, who is based in Frederick, MD, USA.  She has a passion for capturing motherhood from pregnancy and birth, to newborns and breastfeeding.  Click HERE to view Lindsey’s PBAP images.

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