A year before I had been invited to photograph this precious little girl for her newborn photoshoot, and Mum got back in touch enquiring if I offered breastfeeding photography. It is a fairly new thing to take nursing photos, inspired by famous photographers like Meg Bitton and various others who like to challenge boundaries, just lately there has been so much negativity surrounding feeding a baby, with so many women made to feel uncomfortable in nourishing their child. So I was absolutely delighted to capture this year celebration of achieving feeding her baby.
Breastfeeding is a highly emotive subject these days. We’ve all seen the videos going round social media and Facebook, of attractive women with their boobs out, yet the same people oogling the boobies telling a breastfeeding Mum to put them away. Some Mum’s are happy to breastfeed in front of me on their newborn shoots, others are self conscious so I always explain that I am happy to leave the room if they are breastfeeding their newborn baby. I was really happy to be involved in this shoot showing how natural breastfeeding is, if you want to do it. Our society is so judmental these days. Being able to do what you feel comfortable with is so important, and so being able to photograph this beautiful Mummy and her little girl outdoors at sunset seemed so organic and simple. I was incredibly lucky that the amazing WILD THISTLE PROPS made me the most stunning sage green breastfeeding gown (I’ve got an extensive range of maternity gowns but I wanted something that dropped and looked elegant for feeding, it’s made from a soft flowy silk georgette. Mum looked stunning in it. I’ve since used the gown in a milk math newborn & Mummy shoot too.
I genuinely was so pleased to be able to document and celebrate reaching this milestone in breastfeeding for this family. Ultimately our young people are under so much pressure these days and can often feel inundated with contradictions in what is right and wrong. Some people just can’t breastfeed. I breastfed my son until he was 18 months old, so when I had my last child, and she was so poorly, spending the first two weeks of her life in special care, I never thought I wouldn’t be able to feed my next child as I had no problems before that, and I just couldn’t. You go through so many emotions, guilt, e.t.c. no matter how you choose to feed your baby, you are still connecting with your little one whilst they gaze up at you with those adoring eyes. If however you are struggling to breastfeed there are organisations to help you BREASTFEEDING NETWORK