Armidale Breastfeeding Photographer : NERAM : PBAP 2016

Stephanie & Oscar(11 months)

 

“No woman should feel shame when breastfeeding.”  

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“Breastfeeding is the most beautifully natural thing we can do as mothers.  But, it took me about 6 weeks before I was comfortable breastfeeding.  From that point on though, I was comfortable to feed anywhere, even when I received disapproving stares.Armidale Bottle Feeding Photographer, Armdidale Breastfeeding Photographer, Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project, PBAP, Fed is Best

“I’m so happy to have these images as a memory of this precious time in Oscars life.”

I loved my PBAP session!  It felt so free, comfortable, and natural.  I would definitely recommend a breastfeeding session to other new mums.”Armidale Bottle Feeding Photographer, Armdidale Breastfeeding Photographer, Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project, PBAP, Fed is Best

Thank you for following our 2016 International PBAP blog-circle.  To see more PBAP images from Studio 22 Photography, please scroll down.  

To continue around the blog-circle click HERE.  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.  

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Armidale Breastfeeding Photographer : Pablos Cantina : PBAP 2016

Kellie & Phoebe (14 months)

 

“When I first started breastfeeding I would always cover up & worry that I was offending someone.”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestThen I met a wonderful lady who happily fed her bub without worrying what people thought.  That’s all I needed, a little push to not be afraid to feed my baby in public.  Phoebe is now 14 months old and I am continuing to breastfeed in public.

“Adults drink in public, so our babies should be allowed to as well!”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestI loved everything about my PBAP session!  Meeting other lovely mummas, chatting to Leanda the photographer(who is also a lovely mumma), and most of all enjoying the support.

“Breastfeeding can be overwhelming but when you have the support from other mummas it makes a world of difference!”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestBreastfeeding is wonderful and those who are able should embrace it.  It gives you a connection to your children like no other.

I’ve heard so much negativity towards breastfeeding in public so I wanted to show my support by participating in a PBAP session and I would definitely recommend it to other mummas.  Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

Thank you for following our 2016 International PBAP blog-circle.  To see more PBAP images from Studio 22 Photography, please scroll down.  

To continue around the blog-circle click HERE.  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.

Normalise Breastfeeding

Armidale Breastfeeding Photographer : Goldfish Bowl Bakery : PBAP 2016

Erin & Bridie(4months)

“I haven’t always felt comfortable breastfeeding in public.  At times I would find it embarrassing, awkward, or isolating.  

“Often, with my first baby I would avoid feeding in public altogether.  However, I quickly realised that this was not best for me or my baby.”

But, the more I feed in public, the more confident I feel.

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I love being able to provide my baby with perfect milk that my body made especially for her.  I love the closeness I feel to her while feeding, and her milky smiles & full tummy after a feed.  It feels natural, easy & beautiful but it has been really hard at times too.

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“I believe most women want to breastfeed their babies but many don’t because it can be really, really hard at times.”

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I am proud that I can breastfeed my baby.  It is empowering knowing that I can meet my baby’s nutritional needs wherever I go.  I also know that my public feeding will support other women to feel confident to do the same.Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

One of my favourite things about feeding my baby in public is the knowing smiles & supportive glances of other mothers or women passing by.

“I have always loved this quote by Pamela K Wiggins: “Breastfeeding is a mother’s gift to herself, her baby and the earth.””

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I wanted to participate in the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project to show my support to all women in their ability and right to breastfeed their babies.  I loved sharing this experience with like minded women and am so happy to have these images as a record of my precious time breastfeeding my baby.”

Thank you for following our 2016 International PBAP blog-circle.  To see more PBAP images from Studio 22 Photography, please scroll down.  

To continue around the blog-circle click HERE.  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.

Normalise Breastfeeding

World Breastfeeding Month 2015 : #PBAP2015

First and foremost I need to start by saying that I do not believe there is a ‘right’ or a ‘wrong’ way to feed your baby.  There is only what works best for you and your baby.

For me personally, breastfeeding didn’t come easily to start with.  I am so incredibly grateful for the support I was given that allowed me, not only to reach my breastfeeding goals, but to exceed them.  It completely blows me away that my body produced everything that my boys needed at the time.  I really enjoyed the one on one time breastfeeding allowed me with each of them, and to this day it is still one of my favourite parts of becoming a mother.

This project is about not just about supporting breastfeeding women with their own personal choices but, also making those choices accepted in the wider community.  Feeding a baby is normal.  Feeding a baby when & where it needs to be fed is normal.  And if that ‘when and where’ happens to be at a coffee shop, a supermarket, the library, or some other public place – that’s normal.

Here are a few of my favourite images from this year’s sessions and the stories that go with them, I hope you enjoy them.

If you are struggling with breastfeeding please seek help.  A great place to start is the Australian Breastfeeding Association(ABA) website.  If you would like to speak to a trained volunteer counsellor, then call the ABA helpline 1800 686 268.    If you are local to the New England NSW area you can find the the local ABA support group here.   Alternatively, for down-to-earth, no-nonsense information on breastfeeding, co-sleeping/bedsharing, & attachment parenting, head to The Milk Meg (you can also find her on facebook)

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“Throughout my pregnancy with April, I dreamed of breastfeeding. In fact, I romanticised the idea. It would be simple, natural, instinctive. That wasn’t the case. My nipples cracked and bled. Mastitis crippled me time and again. I cried night and day for the hours that she greedily attached herself to my body. It was a physical, psychological and emotional battle. And then it wasn’t. Then it was beautiful, effortless, creating such a unique bond with a little girl who thrived from the nourishing, vitamin rich liquid gold that my body produced at the perfect temperature and volume. Breastfeeding became all that I imagined and I took great pride in seeing her little body flourish, the accumulating delicious rolls and extra chins. It has been quite the journey. Sharing our breastfeeding story is so important – to inform, support and normalise something so organic and at the core of our human existence.” Elitia & April(6mths)

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“We had to overcome a lot of obstacles…tongue tie, lip tie, gastro-oesophageal reflux and recurrent ear infections.  My son continued to persevere with feeding, so I did everything I could despite my own discomfort, to give him the health, wellbeing and nutritional benefits he needed.  After medication and surgical treatment we’re forever bonded by these struggles to achieve success on our breastfeeding journey.  Today we are both content to be able to enjoy our experience as easily as a stroll in the supermarket.” Angela & Jameson(26mths)

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“I’m proud of what we’ve overcome to get where we are. The village we’ve found through breastfeeding using a supply line and donor milk has given us the most amazing support, and we’ll be forever grateful for the difference that’s made to our breastfeeding relationship.” Alex & Freddy(3.5mths)

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“Breastfeeding has reminded me that, after a traumatic labour ending in an emergency c-section, my body *can* do what it needs to for my baby. I am so happy to be able to give her the best start possible.” Bree & Pippa(11.5mths) 

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“Hazel’s dad has type 1 diabetes and we were advised that breastfeeding was one way that we could reduce her chances of developing it. It was a lot of hard work at the beginning, but it was just too important not to persist.” Catherine & Hazel(14mths) 

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“I have breastfeed Savannah the longest out of my 3 children. She has FPIES(a severe food allergy) which meant that she was unable to tolerate anything other than breastmilk until she was well over 12mths old. She is now eating most foods but she still likes breastmilk best.” Samantha & Savannah(18mths)

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Please click HERE to continue in the ‘blog circle’ and see more beautiful breastfeeding images from Lacey Barratt Photography.

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World Breastfeeding Week 2014 | Armidale Baby Photographer

There were teeny tiny little babies and boisterous toddlers.  There were ‘baby wearing’ mamas, and mamas who’d handmade beautiful blankets for their babies.  There were ‘first time’ mamas and ‘this is the last time’ mamas.  Mama’s who have found breastfeeding to be a breeze, and mama’s who’ve struggled every step of the way.

Thank you to each and every one of you who supported World Breastfeeding Week.  Whether you came along for a Breastfeeding Session, whether you ‘liked’ a photo on Facebook, or left an encouraging comment.  Thank you!  It has been an overwhelmingly positive experience and something I’d love to do again.

Your little ones are gorgeous and they’re lucky to have you as their mamas.  Happy World Breastfeeding Week! xoxo

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I’m so, so, SO excited to be offering FREE ‘Latch-on’ Breastfeeding Sessions!!  Yes, you heard that right – FREE!

Are you a breastfeeding mama?  Would love to have images to remember this special time with your little one forever?  Then you don’t want to miss this!

Armidale Breastfeeding Photographer, Armidale Childrens Photographer, Armidale Baby PhotographerTo celebrate World Breastfeeding Week(1-7 August), Studio 22 Photography will be holding FREE ‘Latch-on’ Breastfeeding Sessions on Saturday 02 August at 4pm.

After registering all you need to do is turn up with your baby & feed him/her! Too easy!!

You will receive 1-2 digital files.  All participants also must sign a model release to allow these images to be used online by Studio 22 Photography.

Armidale Breastfeeding Photographer, Armidale Childrens Photographer, Armidale Baby Photographer Registration opens, by email, 7am Wednesday 16 July(no earlybirds, sorry). To book, email me with the subject line: BREASTFEEDING SESSIONS.

I will return e-mails in the order I receive them.  If you do not hear back from me, it means all sessions have been filled.  Location details will be emailed to successful applicants.

Armidale Breastfeeding Photographer, Armidale Baby PhotographerYou are welcome to bring your baby’s older siblings along if you wish.  To keep it fair, I am only accepting Mama’s who haven’t had breastfeeding images taken before.  Bottle feeding mama’s are more than welcome to apply.

Mummy & Me | Armidale Baby Photographer

We met in the shade of the willow tree’s and hugged ‘hello’.  It had been a scorching day and little Hayden was thirsty.  I hadn’t seen Courtney since before Hayden was born and, as we chatted, she told me some of the ups and down she’d had during the weeks since her little boy was born.  Courtney is such a beautiful, caring mum and I was so happy to be able to photograph the special connection she has with Hayden. xoxo

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Mummy & Me | Armidale Baby & Children’s Photographer

It’s hard to put into words the connection a mother has with her child.  And that connection is never quite as strong as when they are little and totally dependent on you.  The way they snuggle in close for comfort and protection.  The way their chubby fingers play with your hair when they’re feeding.  The way their toes curl and relax.  Their wisps of fine baby hair.  All the little details that seem to disappear overnight as they move on to more grown-up things.

Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing some mama’s who wanted to capture some of these little things.  We set ourselves up on beautiful blankets under the cool evening shade of some large trees.  And made memories.

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