World Breastfeeding Week

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!  The theme this year was “raising awareness of the links between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals.”  This week was also about normalizing breastfeeding and informing mothers of its benefits.

To all you moms that ever thought about breastfeeding, tried it, loved it, still do it, or decided it just wasn’t for your family – GO YOU!  Whether you breastfeed anytime/anywhere, pump, supplement, use donor milk, or have donated – GO YOU!

I am happy to say that I breastfed my 3 babies!  It was not an easy journey.  I was torn between my mother, who saw breastfeeding as the only way, and my mother-in-law, who formula fed her 3.  I tried my best because I knew the benefits, but I didn’t love it.  Having a baby constantly attached to me while everyone wanted to hold her (the first baby for both sides of the family!) just didn’t make me feel comfortable.  To me, it was a time to bond and being the private person that I was, I felt like breastfeeding her should be done in my own separate space.  Pumping soon became my answer!

It got easier with each baby and I learned so much as I went along.  If I could give you any advice, it would be to do what feels comfortable and right for you and your little one, don’t give up easily, and watch out for other crying babies 😉 .  You can find more stories, tips, and pictures over on the Facebook page.

The first latch is one of my favorite moments at a birth!  It’s the start of an amazing journey and bond between mother and baby.  Everything seems to melt away as a mother gazes upon her little one nursing.  I have so much respect and admiration for those moms!  Here are a few of my favorites in honor of World Breast Feeding Week!

Birth photography st. lukes first latchbreastfeeding first latch UF health birth center

Newborn lifestyle session breastfed boy

Be sure to leave a comment if you were a breastfeeding momma!

Hi I'm Melissa!

I'm an introverted, T-shirt wearing, animal loving, nature admiring, lucky wife, mother of 3, photography and birth obsessed lady.