I could make a pretty long list about why being a woman these days is better than ever... however, this is a photography blog, I'm not much of a writer, and i certainly don't have cute photos to go with each of my reasons! SO, let's just focus on the 1 reason I dedicated a whole shoot to! :)
2016 is a great time to be a woman (and a baby for that matter) and I have the photos to prove it.
3 years ago I was a nursing mother and one of my worst nightmares would have been to find myself in public with my hungry babe and no nursing cover. And the thought of nursing in public (even with the cover) still gave me anxiety! I typically went out to my car to breastfeed my kids. Why was I ok with that? I remember hiding back in a bedroom during family party or when we had company over for dinner while i nursed my kids. I can't believe how much has changed in just 3 (incredibly quick) years.
In just a couple of years time, woman have come together to take breastfeeding their children from a private, embarrassing, and inconvenient task to a beautiful, celebrated, and most importantly, NORMAL thing! Well done ladies!
Last week I went on a hike with 3 other moms and all three fed their babes. with their boobs. while hiking. that's amazing!
Meet Aleea (and her gorgeous babe, Jayda). Aleea has 5 other children that she nursed before the #normalizebreastfeeding movement, so she knows just how freeing it is to feel comfortable feeding her baby anywhere, even in the middle of the desert! The Hickmond family is finally complete so Aleea has been soaking in these final moments of all that it means to be a mother to a baby. Photographing the bond between these two had to happen and I am so glad it did!
Enjoy these photos and feel free to pin and share them. Do your part to spread the word, babies shouldn't have to be fed in bathroom stalls.
Cheers to 15 months of successful breastfeeding Aleea and Jayday! Enjoy every last moment because this post is really making me miss those baby days! Thank you for teaming up with me to do our little part to normalize breastfeeding.