I haven’t done much photo work in Montreal since our move, but I gave myself this portrait series project and a deadline for World Breastfeeding Week and I’m so glad I did! Getting behind the camera on a regular basis again felt so good. I had my tiny little assistant on my back the whole time, and wouldn’t you know, he was already helping me get smiles out of people and making them feel comfortable.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the wonderful mamas who volunteered to be photographed for the series and for sharing some words about breastfeeding! It was a pleasure getting to know each and every one of you and capturing this special time in your life.
I am available for hire if anyone would still like a breastfeeding photo session. Please contact me and we can chat.
“For me breastfeeding is more than just feeding my daughters. it’s about nurturing, comforting, being there for them when they need me the most. I’ll always look back on these days with such a accomplished feeling.” ~ Claudia and her daughter Billie
“We have been having a few rough nights at our place with both girls having a bit of a cold. Last night after Gabby woke up for what felt like the thousandth time I sat there breastfeeding her and holding her tiny hand and I thought to myself thank god I have these moments to help me through it. With all the uncertainties we face as parents and the unending times where we question ourselves, thank god I have this breastfeeding relationship that makes me feel like I know what I’m doing, like I got this, and I’m doing the best I can do for my babies.“ ~ Melissa and her daughter Gabby
“To me, breastfeeding is a unique gift that only I can give to my child. It forces me to slow down, snuggle her, and enjoy her precious little face.” ~ Kim and her daughter Rose
“Breastfeeding my second son Balthazar has been a beautiful experience but not without its challenges. His newborn days have been spent nursing around the clock as he struggles to keep up with the flow, often with great protest. As we approach three months, his demands are lessening and I am able to embrace the closeness inherent in these surges of oxytocin. This is the start of a long conversation: a back and forth of supply and demand filled with comfort, safety and nourishment. I am so grateful for these moments.” ~ Heather and her son Balthazar
“When my daughter was born, breastfeeding was nothing more than a practical decision. But now, as I am introducing my baby to solid foods and spending less time breastfeeding, I am realizing how intimate this mother-daughter experience is and how much I’ll miss it.” ~ Olya and her daughter Valentina
“Sometimes it’s wonderful and beautiful but at other times it is really really tough.” ~ Moire and her daughter Elodie
“Breastfeeding for me wasn’t easy. After six incredibly long weeks things began to finally happen and it magically became part of our life. Our moments spent nursing together will forever remain a beautiful memory as I am now at the end of this breastfeeding journey. It has been a two year adventure and I am so grateful to have had the chance to experience all the ups and downs that come with it. Thank you my dear boy for allowing me to nourish and soothe you.” ~ Alicia and her son Ramsey
“Breastfeeding with my first baby has been an ongoing amazing adventure. Through those unique moments, I have the chance to connect with Florence in a way that no one else can. Breastfeeding goes beyond food; it is offering the very best of your love. Motherhood isn’t always easy but when your baby stops nursing for a few seconds to look up at you and smile, you then realize this is the one thing you are doing absolutely right.” ~ Maude and her daughter Florence
“It’s not often people stop and say “Good job making all the food this tiny human being needs with your own body for six whole months,” and even less often, “Excellent work continuing to provide this balanced diet and crazy unique love to your older child!” I think we need to recognize that. Breastfeeding is so often over-romanticized. I don’t think that’s useful. There’s a lot that’s nice and sweet about it, but it’s also a lot of work. You look like you’re just sitting there, but really you’re doing everything all at once.” ~ Marianne with her children Thomas and Noelle
“When I first began my breastfeeding journey, I could never have imagined where it would take me. I came into it with so many preconceptions about how, when, why and for how long I wanted to breastfeed my baby girl. Here I am 3 1/2 years later, having learned so much. Though I never imagined myself nursing a toddler or even two children at once, I’m glad that this is the path we took, as it’s always been the easiest option for me. I feel my children have a stronger relationship for it and I wouldn’t change a thing.” ~ Anastasia with her children, James, Zoe, and Lauren