How Do You Help #NormalizeBreastfeeding?

Today is the last day of World Breastfeeding Week, in honor of that I thought I would share with you two of my favorite pictures of me  nursing my children.

My breastfeeding journey with my children is so incredibly important to me. I feel honored and blessed that I can easily breastfeed and that I felt comfortable enough to continue the journey long after our American society tells us we should.

In this picture Mason was over 1 1/2. It was in October of 2011. I nursed him until he was a little over 2.

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This picture is  special to me because it was taken at home when Kyla was less than 24 hours old. To me this picture shows what giving birth outside of the hospital can be about. If I had been in a hospital I would have been reprimanded for having Kyla in the bed with me and Mason certainly wouldn’t have been allowed to spend the night. Instead I got to nurse my new baby while my oldest cuddles up next to us in my own bed. It was bliss.

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This time around I plan on taking more and more pictures of Kyla nursing, same for any future children. I want to cherish this time. I want to capture it and I want to show my children the beauty of it. I want it to been seen as normal by them and the people I interact with. I want to help normalize breastfeeding and I do that by sharing and nursing in public!

How do you help normalize breastfeeding?

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Comments

  1. says

    I love breastfeeding and I feel like I’m getting lots better about doing it anywhere, anytime, without a cover (but still discreet,) but I’m not quite brave enough to post pictures of me doing yet. I want to, just chicken about it, LOL. 😛
    I am feeling more passionate about normalizing breastfeeding now as I have started to see and understand how really NOT normal a lot of people think it is. I grew up where it was the most natural normal thing in the world, so the whole issue is kinda new to me, LOL!
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    • Christa says

      I grew up rarely if ever seeing breastfeeding, I honestly think a lot of it has to do with my area. I get way more snide comments when I’m nursing in New York than when I’m in Virginia.

      It took a lot for me to post this picture in such an open environment but this is who I am, this my family and these are pictures of my kids eating. Everyone shares those types of pictures it shouldn’t matter what they’re eating out of!

      I always go without a cover in person too. It’s usually way more discreet than these two pictures, both of these pictures were taken places I felt comfortable in private so more skin is showing here than in person!

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