Art Created on Cell Phones is Helping to Normalize Breastfeeding

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Normalize Breastfeeding Through Art

(Made on your cell phone)

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Photo Credit: Sarah P.

 

 

Moms all over Facebook are jumping on the PicsArt bandwagon and creating their own breastfeeding artwork. Are you one of them? – I am! (If you want to know how to create your own – read my tutorial HERE) The first of these photos that I saw, absolutely blew me away. I knew right then and there that I wanted to learn how to make my own.

 

learn how to make your own beautiful breastfeeding painting

 

The search wasn’t long or hard. Mom groups everywhere started having these photos being posted in mass amounts. Thousands and thousands of photos being shared and enjoyed by great communities of moms.

 

 

Amazing Breastfeeding art is going viral and normalizing breastfeeding in the process
Photo shared by Hanna S.

 

 

 

As I read through the posts – I couldn’t help but think “this is how it should be all the time!”.  There was no shaming regardless of the age of baby nursing. No bashing, no judgement. Just proud moms sharing their artwork and enjoying the art other moms had created.

 

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Some people weren’t able to edit their photos for one reason or another – so inevitably other moms would create a picture for them. It’s amazing – and it’s lovely to see and be a part of.

 

 

I realize that for many people this is just a Facebook fad that will be over with in a few days or so… But, there is something bigger happening. One step at a time, with each picture created, shared, liked and commented on moms are bonding and supporting one another.

 

But What If It Was Bigger?

 

Amazing Breastfeeding art is going viral and normalizing breastfeeding in the process
Image shared by Shawna S.


As I scrolled through hundreds of posts with these stunning photos, I began to think – if it can create such acceptance within mom groups (small and large) – what would happen if people started sharing their artwork in public places? Would the love continue to be shared or would the general public not be as appreciative of the beauty?

 

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I decided to share my photo on Instagram, Facebook and (of course) right HERE on the blog.

And do you know what happened? – the support and love continued. I even received a message asking if it was ok to share my photo (from a young girl who is not a mother) because it was beautiful.

 

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Photo shared by Gabrielle K.

I am not the only one who has shared these photo publicly, and I think these photos are an excellent tool to normalize breastfeeding. But, there are a lot of moms that are nervous to share and some who have experienced a backlash when they shared on their public profile.

 

This hurts my heart. Breastfeeding is not something that should be shamed or criticized – ever. It is providing a baby nutrition in the most healthy and natural way. It is beautiful and has so many health and mental benefits for both the baby and the mother. Breastfeeding is a personal choice and no one has a right to an opinion about a mother’s breastfeeding journey except for the mother herself.

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Be Proud of Your Journey

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Turn your breastfeeding selfies into works of art on your cell phone normalize breastfeeding crunchy canadian mama
Photo shared by Giovanna C.

 

I began approaching women to ask if they would be willing to share their photos here, and was met with amazing enthusiasm! So many wonderful ladies were excited to share their photos and participate in the #normalizebreastfeeding movement.

 

Amazing Breastfeeding art is going viral and normalizing breastfeeding in the process
Photo shared by Shawna S.

 

By writing this post, I would love to encourage everyone who has created a breastfeeding photo to share it. I also hope that if you see a photo of a mother breastfeeding, you will take a few minutes to show her some love and support. Breastfeeding will never be normalized if it is hidden from the public.  

 

 

Here are a few more of the beautiful photos that have been shared with me in the last few days. I wish I could share them all! 

 

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Photo shared by Saraah-Jayne D.

 

Amazing Breastfeeding art is going viral and normalizing breastfeeding in the process
Photo shared by Shawna S.

 

 

Amazing Breastfeeding art is going viral and normalizing breastfeeding in the process
Photo shared by Ashley G.
Amazing Breastfeeding art is going viral and normalizing breastfeeding in the process
Photo shared by Heather E.
Amazing Breastfeeding art is going viral and normalizing breastfeeding in the process
Photo shared by Kayla C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have to say, there are so many beautiful pictures out there, that I had a hard time choosing just a few for this post. This one of a mom tandem nursing absolutely blew me away! I think it may be my most favourite – although it’s so hard to choose!

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Echo S. Submitted this tandem nursing photo!

 

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If you have a breastfeeding photo you would like to share, please leave it in the comments below. We can all celebrate our unique breastfeeding journeys and help normalize breastfeeding.

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Amazing Breastfeeding art is going viral and normalizing breastfeeding in the process
Photo shared by Heather E.

 

Be sure to follow me on FACEBOOK and share your gorgeous breastfeeding photos there as well and help normalize breastfeeding! 

And we also have a Crunchy Mama’s Facebook group – join and connect with other great moms HERE!!

19 thoughts on “Art Created on Cell Phones is Helping to Normalize Breastfeeding

  1. One thing for sure, more mums are sharing their pictures, thanks to PicsArt; though there’s still hesitation about sharing on their own pages sometimes. It’s such a shame that many breastfeeding mums feel stifled by society when it comes to publically sharing their experiences in different ways.

    I’m glad PicsArt is helping to break this barrier.
    aNoviceMum recently posted…How to Make a Tree of Life Breastfeeding Magical Photo in 3 Key StepsMy Profile

    • I couldn’t have said it better myself! I just checked out your recent tutorial on the Tree of Life Breastfeeding photos and it’s awesome! Thank you for being a part of the movement as well and helping other moms create these keepsakes!

  2. This is such a creative way to tackle a really important issue. My brain literally can’t comprehend why people are offended by a practice that’s as old and natural as humanity itself. I truly hope that this movement makes a difference, because I hope to not have to fight so hard against this stigma when I become a mother – but rest assured, I will fight if necessary! ☺

  3. Hannah says:

    Dec. 28th 2016 will mark ONE year for my son and I. It’s been such an amazing journey. I was given a second chance at breastfeeding.

    With my daughter, 3 years ago… she wouldn’t latch on and she had acid reflux. She would projectile my breast milk every time she drank it. After 6 weeks of hand pumping my breast milk, it sadly dried up over night. Literally. I was devastated and I felt like a failure. Seeing breastfeeding posts made me angry at myself and jealous of other mommy’s.

    When I found out I was pregnant Last year I was determined to succeed. I asked questions and I learned more. (I was only 19 when I had my daughter, I was really clueless). The first 3 months were so hard. I wanted to give up many, many times. Giving him a bottle would have been so much easier. The first 5 weeks be had his days and nights mixed up so I was sleep deprived. My nipples stayed sore nearly every day for the first 3 months. Then together we found what worked for us and how to do it. He’s exclusively nursed since day one. I’m very proud of myself and more grateful that I was given a second chance. I love I’m part of such a beautiful community ????

    • Good for you Mama!! It definitely has it challenges but is so worth it! I remember being scared to bring an “Emergency” can of formula into the house incase I would unnecessarily resort to it in a sleep deprived, frustrated state! I think deciding ahead of time that you want, and will, be successful is a huge factor in nursing long-term.

  4. I have seen so many of these gorgeous photos all over IG and FB. I hope that many mommas find them encouraging and are able too find the support that they need on their breastfeeding journey.

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