Extended Breastfeeding Photography

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I have read a lot of responses about how we all would like our toddler nurslings to be able to remember this connection we have through the wonderment of nursing. I too find it irresistible to curl up in each others arms and stare into their face while enjoying a nice long nursing session. I am able to look back through the months (etc) and see the progress in size, the different positions as he grew, the funny moments (from when he would pull off and milk would spray everywhere haha, to when he would pull off and say MMMM and then laugh at me before latching again)...
What can we do to help remember these precious moments?? One thing I thought of was asking my husband to take some nursing photos to place in our albums. We have little nursing pictures, from the first few months... But none as he grew. What do you think about taking nursing pictures to commemorate these awesome moments?? Any other ideas?

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I know, right??! I may not do photography proffessionaly but it is def a passion of mine. My husband however is more into candids, and doesn't use zoom or lens positioning (sigh). But I am now daydreaming of wonderful ways to capture those memories...
I agree tasteful and modest pictures are the way to go. No random boob sticking out for the world to see. But can you imagine it? To look at a picture in your home of you and your little tot gazing into each others eyes during a nursing session, cuddled together in your lap under a tree or in bed etc... Just thinking about it takes my breathe away.
I have to admit, at times I am upset with the generations behaviour. Sometimes I feel as if I was born in the wrong era... The problem is that bottle feeding artificially is just so first hand now that it is seen as more natural and easy. It's not like baby or first time moms have ever BF before, so of course it is a challenge. Even more so, there is not great support out there to help with BF. All of this saddens me. Like in prenatal classes... They take a big portion of time with breathing exercises that you don't even use in the heat of the moment, and barely touch on nursing or troubleshooting problems or demonstrations in person.
How true! I never realised before that you never see women nursing on television! I personally do not feed Zee in bathrooms, and for him the cover is disruptive... But I still keep it somewhat discreet with a second shirt underneath and a rapid quick motion to readjust clothing and child.
LOL off topic or not, it was a wonderful talk... I would love to do some for others, but we are all so "hush hush" on such things that I am saddened that no one would want to capture these moments with help. I mean, his bathtime pictures are draped so no nudity on parts, but others do nude baby pictures... What's the difference!?
I think we should make it a goal of ours in the next month, and share the idea with other milk mommas :)

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Sarah - posted on 05/15/2012

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i had some awesome moemtns feeding my boys into toddlerhood and wished i had more pics of me in those times
i ddi have one on poloroid of my tandem with my middle and youngest on andmy eldest looking on was an great pic pity i cant find it

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Heather: How wonderful! I guess you are excited for his upcoming birthday??
Kim: What a great shot, thanks for sharing!

Heather - posted on 01/30/2011

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@Chani- your lil'guy is exactly 2months older than my lil'guy. Ethan turns 1 on Feb 5th, just 3 days before my youngest daughter turns 2yrs, which is Feb 2nd. =o)

Heather - posted on 01/30/2011

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I also think it is a Very Beautful idea! I'm a photographer & as soon as I read your post, tons of amazing, elegant ideas started flowing in my mind.

I do believe that they should be done in a beautiful/ natural & tasteful manner so you could hang the picture in a nice frame in your home as well as scrapbook them & not be worried about who sees it. Not to mention when our little ones are older, dating, engaged, married, etc. So they too will see these pictures as beautiful rather than embarrassing. Esp when the child is over a year old in these wonderful frozen moments in time. Though our sons may never be okay w/ these pictures- ;o) LOL!

our society is really making breastfeeding ugly. Like the women who was feeding her baby on the plane & was then kicked off because it made someone "uncomfortable". Mind you, she did have a blanket draped to keep discreet. It is so sad that something, such as feeding our babies the way God intended for the 1st year or 2 of life is becoming so Tafu, or for behind closed doors. Though people both hetero & homosexuals making out in public & even on TV is okay & "normal". But you won't see a women breastfeeding her baby on regular cable! Why??? Sorry for getting a smidge off topic :o)! I think that idea is wonderful & wish I thought of it myself while I was still breastfeeding. Will def do that if I'm honored w/ another child someday! =o)

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Now that you say it - I have no nursing pictures bar from when Nina was only a few weeks old. Will definitely ask my partner to start taking some. It's such a big part of our daily life with her and we havn't captured that at all! Thanks for reminding me!

Minnie - posted on 01/30/2011

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I think it's a great idea! We take pictures of things that are very important to us, beautiful moments in our lives and our children's lives.

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