I am so honored to be part of the PUBLIC BREASTFEEDING AWARENESS PROJECT again this year. The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project was created by Leilani Rogers as a way to bring together professional photographers of the world in hopes to raise more awareness for breastfeeding in pubic and empower more moms to do it.
This project is about empowerment, not about shaming mothers on how they choose to feed their child. I believe all mothers should have support regardless of how they choose to feed their baby. What works for some does not work for all, but how dare we suggest to a woman that she should feed her child in a bathroom (“where she will be more comfortable”). How dare we shame a woman for doing what her body was meant to do naturally. How dare we tell her to cover up. We are telling her to cover up the bond that her and her baby share for a reason. Breastfeeding has so many benefits for both mom and baby how can it be wrong? The more that these photos are seen and the stories told and the stigmas changed, the more everyone will see that this is normal.
I am proud to support these moms and this movement with my photography. To show the world the beauty that is breastfeeding.
Here are some of the moms who came out to support PBAP2015. A big thank you to Leilani Rogers for making this project possible with her hard work and determination to normalize breastfeeding in public.
*below are some quotes from the moms who are breastfeeding in public.
“We had a challenging birth, and then an even worse time breastfeeding. I wanted to quit after two weeks but my husband encouraged me to keep going. Then, one day I looked at the calendar and realized that if I lasted just one more week, Autumn and I would have made it through an entire month of nursing! It was just what I needed. So I kept doing that: making goals on the calendar – 6 weeks, 2 months, 3 months. Until finally at month 4 I saw how easy it had become and the ways it had helped us bond. Now at 21 months I’m so grateful we stuck with it. Nursing in public is important to me because I believe the normalization of breastfeeding will aid mothers and babies in countless ways and have an incredibly beneficial ripple effect in our society. Breastfeeding, for however long, in whatever way a mother feels comfortable is a win/win for all of us.”
Much love and appreciation to all the mamas that came out to show their support! For more PBAP photos check out
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