This week we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. It was my dream to celebrate this week for two years now with a group breastfeeding photo session. Back in 2019, I attempted to organise a session and although only one mum joined I really enjoyed the session. Last year we were in lockdown and Covid complicated everything. I was, therefore, unable to run this project. This year, however, I organised myself, created a post and see who might be able to join me. I got a lovely response from mums and I was super excited to meet them all.
Before the photo session, we were communicating with regards to outfits and it was great to see how all mums were supporting each other and giving tips on where to buy dresses. When I saw the pictures I just knew the ladies and babies will look beautiful 🙂
We originally planned our breastfeeding photo session for last Sunday (1 August) however the weather transpired against us and we postponed our session for the following Wednesday. Last night the weather was just perfect. Not too hot and not too cold and the sunlight was absolutely beautiful. The spot I chose was ideal too, with wildflowers, trees and long grass.
When we arrived to the location I asked the mums to get comfortable on the blankets and we started with our session. I enjoyed looking at mums and their babies, cuddling close and feeding. I was then enjoying taking individual pictures of mums and their children and seeing the beautiful connection between them as the sun slowly went down.
Seeing all the mums feeding their babies reminded me of the time when I was feeding both Sophie and Hanna. It was such a special time for me and I am thankful I was able to breastfeed both my girls, albeit now very much understand the challenges of doing so completely understand when, for whatever reason, this isn’t possible. I remember in the first few weeks with Sophie it was such a challenge trying to get her to latch, and was a very emotional time. We were lucky that with the support from the post-natal team at Basingstoke Hospital (the infamous ‘Booby Sue’!) things slowly improved.
Lastly, I wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all mums I met last night and their babies. For some of them, it was well past their bedtime but they all were just brilliant. I will remember this session for a very long time and I hope from now on this will be my yearly project.
If you have a new arrival and are interested in a newborn session you can see all the details here. These can be held indoors or outdoors, depending on your preference. If you are breastfeeding I always try to capture this as part of my newborn baby photo sessions, however in the summer months it is lovely opportunity to capture this outside (when the weather allows!!).
Till next time