Normalize Breastfeeding Through Art
(Made on your cell phone)
- 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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
Be Proud of Your Journey
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!!