Friday, August 14, 2009

A collection of breastfeeding photos

Things have been stressful in house-buying land, and I haven't felt up to writing about it, or about anything really, preferring to wallow in my discouragement. Everything else has been worked out so far, and we're hung up on one minor budgeting snafu that's up to the property manager to work out — only she won't return phone calls and doesn't seem able to read a spreadsheet. A spreadsheet that she put together in the first place. Oy.

To that end, I wanted to find something to post about that wouldn't make me sad. And I thought — breastfeeding photos! Beautiful breastfeeding photos.

When I was looking for images to use for my week of breastfeeding posts, I found so many wonderful breastfeeding photographs that I couldn't find a place for. So I thought I'd round some up here and let you enjoy them, too.

I might use some in future posts, anyway, but it will be fun to see them now, right? I might also do more collections in the future, because I've enjoyed showcasing breastfeeding art in the past.

It's sort of like a Wordless Wednesday post, only it's Friday, and there are more words...

this is what a nursing toddler looks like -- sarah-ji

"This is what a nursing toddler looks like" is from sarah-ji on flickr. Here is her blog post about extended breastfeeding called "out of the EB closet," and her reasons to post the picture are on her flickr page. I'm so glad she did. Mikko's over 2 years old now and still nursing, and I love seeing other mamas with nursing toddlers for the support and camaraderie. It's definitely not abnormal as a species or historically, but for this culture, yeah. Here are Sarah-Ji's reasons to go public:

"I was originally going to keep this photo private, but i decided that we need more images of nursing toddlers in our society to normalize not only breastfeeding in general, but extended breastfeeding as well. i'm no militant lactivist, but the nursing relationship has been a very tender and rewarding experience for me and cadence, especially since i work full-time outside the home."

Here are my posts so far on the subject of extended nursing, and here's a link to the the nursing-toddler carnival by the same name as the photo.


post partum -- 3rd Wheel

This photo is titled "Post partum," and it just speaks that perfectly for me. That mix of bewilderment, love, exhaustion, exhilaration, and "What were we thinking??" And I do believe that's a Boppy nursing pillow there under her sweet baby. It looks like she's got it balanced on the arms of her chair, which is what I often did as well. Via 3rd Wheel at flickr.


Lunch At The Zoo -- Brave Heart

I love "Lunch At The Zoo" by Brave Heart (flickr) for its extreme stripiness! It's like seeing very colorful tigers. I'm also liking her wrap, which looks like a nice stretchy wrap for a newborn. Trips to the zoo are so much fun when you're carrying your own little creature through!


Nursing Charles on the train -- rmcf28

Here's another great one for extended nursing called "Nursing Charles on the train" from rmcf28 on flickr. I love how Charles is making a tent out of his mother's shirt — he's got his whole arm up there! This is one sure way to make a train ride nice and cozy for everyone.


Beth & Laurel (mid-feed) -- moppet65535

"Beth & Laurel (mid-feed)" from moppet65535 on flickr gives a great example of side-lying nursing, which is the lifesaver of every breastfeeding cosleeper. In the interests of safety, please note that I am not (and this picture is not) endorsing the parent falling asleep on the couch as safe cosleeping. But do see how side-lying nursing can help you relax and put your feet up even when you're not sleeping!


aunt megan discusses breastfeeding - _MG_7682 -- sean dreilinger

"aunt megan discusses breastfeeding" from sean dreilinger on flickr is one of those great family shots. And you gotta love the mama's bright red hair streaks! Plus, just to balance out the Boppy picture above, here's one illustrating the My Brest Friend pillow in action.


Breastfeeding -- Marc van der Chijs

I don't even know what the nursing pillow is in "Breastfeeding" by Marc van der Chijs on flickr, but check it out! It's as big as a loveseat cushion, and it looks like it's wrapping around her. Any guesses?


Perfecting the Latch -- Roshnii

This one from Roshnii on flickr is called "Perfecting the Latch." Remember that wide-eyed newborn look?


On est bien chez sa maman -- Raphael Goetter

And speaking of perfect latch...check out this photo by Raphael Goetter on flickr called "On est bien chez sa maman." Babelfish suggests this means "One is well in his mom," which is close enough to give an idea of what it must say. If you can tear your eyes away from the perfect beauty of it, consider the nicely flanging bottom lip of the newborn. And then go back to enjoying the perfect beauty.

I'll leave you with those for today and save the rest for some other occasions. Enjoy!

5 comments:

Big Mama Morgan said...

This is beautiful! I only have a handful of BFing photos, and my DD is already 9 months! Oh how I wish I had taken more photos of some of our most precious times...

Hobo Mama said...

Oh, I know, it's not always something you think of. And you'd think with how many opportunities we have each day that more pictures would get taken! When my son was about your daughter's age, I made my husband do a special mother-son photo shoot, including breastfeeding photos. It was all artsy and black-and-white, and really fun results. Maybe you could do the same!

MommyLady said...

The nursing pillow in that picture, the really big one, looks to be either the one from NuAngel (the Trinity Body & Nursing pillow), the Preggle (by Leachco) or something else along those lines.

LOVERLY CAKES said...

"I don't even know what the nursing pillow is in "Breastfeeding" by Marc van der Chijs on flickr, but check it out! It's as big as a loveseat cushion, and it looks like it's wrapping around her. Any guesses?"

this looks like the boppy body pillow. I used mine as a nursing pillow and also as an infant napper sort of pillow after i had my son and didnt need it to support my bump.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AZ62hWnXe8Y/ThxwLu6lj4I/AAAAAAAAGNw/wFiJpSG1A6Q/s320/boppy.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z_i7B7o4DUU/T6hg6ycsYVI/AAAAAAAADoQ/cYpyeja21fs/s1600/roman-boppy.jpg

LOVERLY CAKES said...

"I don't even know what the nursing pillow is in "Breastfeeding" by Marc van der Chijs on flickr, but check it out! It's as big as a loveseat cushion, and it looks like it's wrapping around her. Any guesses?"

this looks like the boppy body pillow. I used mine as a nursing pillow and also as an infant napper sort of pillow after i had my son and didnt need it to support my bump.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AZ62hWnXe8Y/ThxwLu6lj4I/AAAAAAAAGNw/wFiJpSG1A6Q/s320/boppy.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z_i7B7o4DUU/T6hg6ycsYVI/AAAAAAAADoQ/cYpyeja21fs/s1600/roman-boppy.jpg

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