World Breastfeeding Week 2015 is being celebrated in Toledo, Ohio! As a passionate mother and Breastfeeding Photographer, I was so excited to get this group together to honor their journeys and normalize breastfeeding. We had so many women who were unable to make it to get their photo taken that day (despite planning on it) and we had many others out there who later told me “I wish I would have known about this!” The attitudes surrounding the photo and the event have been nothing but amazing and I’m so proud of all of these women. The thing is, these are real moms. Most of them have never met. Most of them have insecurities. A lot of these moms have been publicly harassed for breastfeeding their babies in public, either covered or other otherwise. They still continue to nourish and comfort their babies. Many of these moms have been told by their family or friends that they need to wean their child, go to another room, or feed the baby a bottle. These moms aren’t breastfeeding so that they can show off their breasts- they’re breastfeeding because it’s right for their babies.
So maybe you’re wondering why some of these women aren’t wearing a shirt? Why are they showing more skin than they need to, to feed their child? Well, we have lots of reasons, I’m just going to touch on a few from my perspective. The most important one is that our culture has largely deemed our breasts as sexual. Showing skin in a “sexy” way is completely tolerated in our society, so much so that we don’t even recognize it when we see it. Naked women advertise for body lotion, razor blades, and often bikini-clad models are used in advertisements that have nothing to do with the product they are selling, but it seems to sell. And yet, nobody blinks an eye. We are so used to a woman’s body being a sex object that when we glorify it for anything else, THAT is when society goes “whoa…. now, why is she showing so much skin?” WHAT? How did we get so backwards? It’s my belief that God created our bodies for this very beautiful thing- there are even paintings of Mary breastfeeding Jesus- and yet our society is repulsed at the idea. I love when my job allows my to glorify God’s miracles, despite the opinions of many.
These women are mothers, just like most of you reading this. They took the chance at showing more skin in a way that society sometimes tells them is disgusting and inappropriate. They aren’t models who have completely toned bodies, photoshopped to perfection. They are brave souls who want to pave the way for their daughters. They dream of a day when future mommas can eat their meal in a restaurant at the same time as their baby and be told, “Keep up the good work, momma, your child needs you!” If you’re one of the mommas in these photos, I want you to know you’re amazing. You’re strong and courageous. You’re beautiful. Thank you for inviting me into your motherhood years, thank you for your trust. Keep up the good work, Momma, your child needs you!
If you are a breastfeeding mom and would like to document your journey, please call us today to schedule your free pre-consultation. We can be reached at 419-231-1174. Custom breastfeeding photography sessions are available in the Northwest Ohio and Southwest Michigan areas. Also serving areas in and around Toledo, Perrysburg, Sylvania, Maumee, Holland, Delta, Swanton, Wauseon, Archbold, Bryan, Napoleon, Defiance, and Fort Wayne.