Portrait: Stacy

Please share with me why you chose to participate.

I want to participate because I would like a momento of this time in our life together.  Breastfeeding has been a major struggle for us, and I am very happy and proud of how far we’ve come together.

Why do you feel it’s important to promote a positive image of breastfeeding in society today?

As a new mom struggling to breastfeed, I had heard many stories from friends of being hassled, frowned upon, and shamed for breastfeeding in public.  I was unable to breastfeed without a cover, and in the early days had to supplement, so I was scared to nurse in public because I was afraid I would get hassled from both sides.

I want to help stop that fear for other new moms, and remind other people that breastfeeding is a normal, natural thing to do, but that it isn’t easy and what moms need is support, not judgement.

Portrait: Amber

Please share with me why you chose to participate.

I would love to have a professional photograph of my daughter nursing. I also believe that this project should be supported.

Why do you feel it’s important to promote a positive image of breastfeeding in society today?

It makes me really sad that there are women out there who clearly and consciously make the decision not to breastfeed. It’s one thing if you can’t physically or medically but, I believe that it’s one of the most important things that you can do for the health and development of your child.  Making the choice not to breastfeed because it’s not supported in our culture or it’s frowned upon within your own family or community is something that can be changed with projects like these. Continuing to promote a natural, beautiful and positive image of breastfeeding is a project worth while in my book!

Portrait: Emily

Please share with me why you chose to participate.

Breastfeeding is a gift.  I didn’t know that when I was pregnant, but now I often find myself looking down at my little girl and marveling at what we are sharing – love, intimacy, nourishment, growth.  I wanted to participate in this project for two reasons – one, so that I could have record this fleeting time and two, so that others might come to see what I now see.  For a million reasons, breastfeeding is incredible!

Why do you feel it’s important to promote a positive image of breastfeeding in society today?

A positive image of breastfeeding is important in order for women to feel comfortable taking care of their children in this natural way.  More breastfeeding women leads to healthier kids and moms.  But, it’s more than just the health benefits that motivate me to participate.  If women are comfortable and supported, then this whole beautiful experience becomes accessible. I would wish that all women could experience the indescribable closeness and beauty that comes about by breastfeeding your child.