Armidale Breastfeeding Photographer : Boobooks : PBAP 2016

Welcome!  Thank you for following our 2016 International PBAP blog-circle!   Below are 5 inspiring stories from breastfeeding mums in the New England area.   When you reach the end of these mums stories you will find a link to the next photographer in the blog-circle.  Enjoy!!!


Catherine & Hazel(2 years) & Clara(4 months)

 

I participated in the PBAP sessions last year and I wanted to participate again to record the next stage of our breastfeeding journey.  

“Now I am feeding my toddler and my new baby.”

Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestAlthough I have never had any problems breastfeeding in public, I do feel more comfortable now than I was at the beginning over 2 years ago.Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is best

“I have a strong belief in breastfeeding and the importance of being comfortable feeding my children wherever and whenever necessary.”

Not only do I feel that these sessions are important to promote breastfeeding, they also provide mums with a lovely momento of this precious time.
Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016, normalise breastfeeding in public, stop the mummy wars, fed is bestMy session was nice & relaxed, and my girls and I had a fun morning.  Leanda and the bookstore owner were both so lovely too. I would recommend a breastfeeding session to other mums.

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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 : 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.

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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.

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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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