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Minnie - posted on 01/11/2011
My boob and my baby are my profile picture on Facebook.
I think that the pictures are gorgeous and very very necessary. The sight of a woman nursing her child needs to be normalized in western culture and that's not going to happen until people are desensitized to the image.
Tine - posted on 01/24/2011
Of course I have pics of my daughter (now 2 and still going strong!) breastfeeding! :-) Our breastfeeding relationship is an inextricable part of the loving relationship we have, it's beautiful and special and of course I have pictures of it just as I have pictures of other treasured times.
I think it's important to share pictures of breastfeeding. It's so NORMAL, and by seeing it, we remind everyone of that fact.
Naomi - posted on 01/22/2011
I have LOTS of pictures nursing my son! I think it's beautiful, and I know when the nursing comes to an end I will wan't to have pictures! I have some posted online, and will share them with anyone. I keep ones that are showing my nipple/areola to myself. I think everyone should be exposed to this beautiful bond we mothers can create with our babies.
Bri - posted on 01/22/2011
I do have pix of me BF... I don't have them posted publicly (for several reasons). We do have the pictures in our home.
I cover when in public most of the time out of respect that not everyone is comfortable with it but as someone commented, we need to normalize BF in public and maybe I need to start contributing to that going uncovered. And why I may eventually post publically.
I was at a friends just this past week, covered out of courtesy to her and their kids but she outright said "you don't need to cover" so the next time I didn't and neither the kids nor her hubby seemed bothered.
Jessica - posted on 01/16/2011
They make me go 'awww, how cute!' I seriously don't understand how people can think anything else - but I guess society has trained lots of people into thinking boobs are mostly about sex, rather than about baby-feeding. I'd rather see pics of a breastfeeding baby than pictures of the current It-girl trying to sell me jeans and convince me I'm not thin enough.
Yes, I have pics of feeding my LO; yes, I've shared them with others. I wouldn't expect everyone to do the same though.
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Kris - posted on 01/26/2011
Oh yes!!! It's such a memorable time, and such a special bonding time!!! I loved to nurse my kids I have 3. I just stopped nursing my 2-1/2 year old a week or so ago, It was hard to stop, but I was ready for my body to be mine again......I have many pic's and i think even some videos of me nursing her. Nothing showing much, but just enough for me to reminisce with later. I don't know if I'd post them on a site, but I have them for my memories.
Erin - posted on 01/25/2011
Love 'em! It's so odd that our culture treats breasts like they're somehow 'private', when they're the one body part that specifically has a (non-sexual) purpose for another human being. I have pictures of both of my girls nursing, and some videos when they're doing something funny or incredibly sweet in the process.
Belinda - posted on 01/25/2011
I don't have any problem with pictures of women breastfeeding. I think it's great to see because so many people have such a negative view on breastfeeding and maybe seeing it more often will help change their view of it for the better. I have a few pictures of myself breastfeeding but they're not the type I would share. Not because of any shame, just because I'm very conservative in regards to showing body parts so I'm just uncomfortable with the idea. But I say power to those who do!
Merry - posted on 01/25/2011
Michelle, we weren't born comfortable with it! Most moms are uncomfortable with their new born, but over time and with encouragement we get over it! You too can be a confident breast-feeding mom in public, you just have to get it out of you mind that there is something wrong with it. We are trained to thi breasts are sexual, so it's hard to get it out of your head. Just remind yourself that the ONLY reason you have two breasts is FOR your baby to eat from. That's their sole purpose on your body so never be ashamed to use them for their designed purpose.
We all work on being confident, we still have days or situations where we get second thoughts, but we push through it and just remember that my baby is the only opinion whose matters right one, baby is hungry, I have food here, so that's priority and everyone elses opinion is not as important as my babies.
And slowlyyou get confidence! Right mindset and determination go a long way and take small steps!
I personally am still fighting uncomfortable thoughts when I breastfeed in public, my mind still tries to tell me that its something to be embarrassed of. But I never let that stop me! I don't use a cover, I just use my shirt to cover, and I make myself not leave the room. It's worth the fight though, I'm so proud I can help show the public that breStfeeding is just what moms are supposed to do.
Michelle - posted on 01/24/2011
Honestly I know its natural and everything but Im uncomfortable bfing infront of anyone except my partner, and am uncomfortable when anyone bfs infront of me, I do it when I need to but wouldnt let anyone take pictures. But in saying that if your comfortable with it go for it i envy ppl comfortable with it
Honestly, I don't think anything different about bf-ing pics because it seems so normal to me (we're going on two years). I probably should place more importance on those pics of others though because it will hopefully get the rest of us to realize how normal it is.
I don't have many of me bf-ing because I'm usually the house photographer. :(
Jennifer - posted on 01/18/2011
I have photos of both my children in which they are breastfeeding, but I have never thought of them as 'breastfeeding photos'. I don't care who sees them in the same way that I never cared who saw me nursing in public. I DO think it is a special time for mom and baby and I think the photos are beautiful, but Really, they are eating, and I don't think it is any more private than when I eat my apple on a park bench.
Alecia - posted on 01/18/2011
i have a couple. some are on my FB. you can tell my daughter was BF in em, but its just of her and part of my boob. next time around i really want to make it more of a normal thing. i feel its the most natural thing in the world and wish my daughter and i could have continued. just makes me more determined to make it longer with my next and i have already "warned" parents and in-laws that im not using a cover-up next time....how ridiculous to smother ur baby when ur feeding them :p
Sharon - posted on 01/18/2011
I have some bf pics, but they're all ones I've taken myself, so they aren't really of the two of us together - more LO and bubs. LOL. I wish I had some more portrait-y ones, because I know this wonderful little mini-world of two won't last forever and it would be lovely to have them for memories.
Amber - posted on 01/17/2011
i have some pix of me nursing my LO, but i keep them private. i have no problem nursing in public, but i dont really want to post pictures of my breasts all over facebook (not because i think its shameful or sexual or anything...im just a little more shy/modest than that.....nothing against those who do!). the pix are really more for me later in life as memories of this wonderful experience :)
Nicole - posted on 01/17/2011
Nursing pictures are wonderful. Scratch that, ordinary! Nursing needs to be seen by one and all to eradicate the irrational belief that it is something that needs to be hidden. The breast doing what it is meant to do is never obscene. A little breast sighting isn't going to cause the downfall of mankind :D
Shontelle - posted on 01/17/2011
i have heaps of photos of me b.f others have seen them it doesnt bother me just like b.f in public at first i would cover up but it was so anoying i dont bother and seeing me b.f in public with out covering up seems to give other mothers that boost they need to also b.f i think its great when i see other mums b.f. its the most amazing thing in the world you can do for your baby
Noreen - posted on 01/16/2011
I have pictures of me breastfeeding all 3 of my children. My profile picture on FB was me nursing my daughter for the last few wks until today. I don't have a problem with breastfeeding in public uncovered and I don't have a problem sharing my pictures with anyone. WHy not? I see pictures of teens in skimpy swim suits and pictures of my daughter's peers with bottles in their mouth.
Melanie - posted on 01/16/2011
I dont share pix of me feeding and i do try and cover up in public. I dont have a problem with other mums showing all, its lovely to c others BF :) Its realy encourageing. Im shy and panic a bit if someone looks at me BF in public. I worry they can c my boob lol. This is my 1st bby ive BF out of my 4 children. I hope i get as confident as u all soon x
Becky - posted on 01/16/2011
I have some pictures but I don't really share them with anyone. It's more for other's comfort level than mine though. I like seeing nursing photos in magazines and in other media because I think it's beautiful and shows nurturing and maybe makes people a lot less repressed about it.
Tricia - posted on 01/15/2011
most of the photos of me and my girl r of us breast feeding. either that was rhe only time my husband thought of taking photos or he thought it was beautiful. i love those photos and share with others, sure. if they dont like it then dont look. its a beautiful thing and YOUR view of it is all that matters.
Chantelle - posted on 01/15/2011
i have pics of both my girls being fed. i love them and have them in their baby photo albums that i show people. just like photos of their first "big' bath with their dad, his privates are covered, so it's not pervocative or anything, it's simply a picture of a milestone that we think is important. i agree with katrina, that western civ need to be desensitized to a natural part of life.
I love pictures of nursing. I have several of my son and myself during the wonderful moments when he would nurse. I have shared them but it was among my close friends and family members who had nursed. Those pictures are precious to me so I haven't posted them online. I commend the women who do but for me I prefer to keep them offline.
Heidi - posted on 01/15/2011
every one use to be really careful when taking photos around me when I was feeding because they assumed I would feel uncomfortable. I ended up asking a couple of people to take photos so I had one of this special time my baby and I spent together. I wouldn't post them on line but I will feed anywhere anytime and with a tall for his age 15month old it is fairly obvious what I am doing even if no skin is showing. I wear mostly feeding tops with hidden openings so there is less chance of anything being seen.
Samara - posted on 01/12/2011
I have my very first feeding with my son on our video camera and my entire family plus my husbands family have watched it!! I see nothing wrong with it. Breastfeeding in a natural thing and needs to be seen but people for them to get used to it.
Lydia - posted on 01/12/2011
i do have some pictures too. some you really don't see anything exposed so i shared them with some friends, but i don't think everybody needs to see breastfeeding pictures. there are some good useful pictures and videos out there showing correct latch but usually you don't see the mothers face. i don't think it is necessary to post breastfeeding pictures visible for anybody in the internet especially because there are lot's of stupid people out there making hurtful comments about "ugly breasts" or the other way that there are some stupid porn freaks that will use those pictures for their sicko fantasies... i am sorry for those dumb people and also sorry for those moms that need to listen to such bullsh**
i actually was looking for some video showing correct latch on youtube and you get all sorts of porno stuff in comments. that is really sad...
Sarh - posted on 01/11/2011
I have a couple of photos of my bubby breastfeeding, but no one has seen them. I also don't breastfeed in public. I thinks photos of women breastfeeding are fine, I just don't care it when every page I turn or site I look at has them plastered all over. To me that is a special mommy and baby bonding time and it doesn't need to be shared with anyone.
Natalie - posted on 01/11/2011
i have some pictures, i dont have any posted anywhere but i have shown some family. others arent comfortable with seeing it so i respect them and keep it out of there eye because they respect me enough to not say anything about it. but i love the pictures of me and him bf
Katrina - posted on 01/11/2011
I have tons of pictures of all 3 kids nursing! I love seeing pictures of other mothers nursing their children. The looks of love and contentment in the child's eyes and a mother's loving embrace are just the most beautiful. I have shared pictures of me nursing. I am not posting any to Facebook right now because they are on a rampage of deleting pictures and whole profiles of people that do which I am so angry with! Although I do have one up but you would never know I'm nursing unless I told you. First family photo of the New Year, sitting at Disneyland my son used the timer on the camera and set it on the stroller, wasn't even thinking I was nursing his sister LOL My shirt and baby's head keeps anything covered that doesn't need to be out and about. I don't use a blanket or cover or anything else, don't need it. I find breastfeeding pictures just as beautiful as all those baby bump pictures everyone has taken and share. Just as special.
Amy - posted on 01/11/2011
I have a pic from the hospital from both of our kids the first time (or close to) of feeding. I think there amazing pics, but I would never share them with others. It's a comfort factor for myself, if I pump/nurse and anyone else is around I'l make sure I'm covered. I don't mind others sharing there pics.
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