In honour of world breastfeeding week another family photographer from Oshawa and I (Abbi Longo of LaVie photography https://laviephotography.ca/) collaborated to highlight some mamas who have given up part of themselves for their babes. We found a beautiful little spot in Courtice and made it all about these mamas. I can remember sitting in the hospital room in the middle of the night, nursing my first. I can vividly remember thinking about the kinship I had with all the other mamas at that very moment, around the world, awake and feeding their own babies. Breastfeeding is such a personal choice and I am firmly in the camp of “fed is best”, whether it is breast or bottle. What many first time mamas may not know is how hard breastfeeding can be. Breastfeeding did not come easy to my first baby. You think that babies are supposed to have this natural, innate knowledge of how to feed, and then you find yourself in a hospital room, sleep deprived, with a nurse trying to reposition your baby on your breast in the hopes that he will eventually figure it out. And they usually do. It took my first about eight long weeks to figure it out (man, did that hurt), but eventually we found a rhythym and it was wonderful. I’ve now nursed three babies and while I’m looking forward to having my body back to myself, I know I will miss those quiet moments, that connection that I feel with my baby.
Nursing sessions – why should you do one?
- This time is so fleeting and yet so important. As a new mother time changes. I can remember watching the sun rise with my first after being up all night nursing. Nights stretch out infinitely and days pass in a blur. Make sure you take the time to document the little moments because believe me, you forget them.
- You are amazing. Think about what you are accomplishing. You have created this life and nurtured it for a LONG 9 months, and now you are continuing to give this baby all the nourishment it needs. Celebrate this. Be proud of the accomplishment, whether you nurse for three weeks or three years.
- This is a wonderful moment to document you and your baby. YOUR connection. Not family photos, but simply the two of you. Whether it’s your first or your fourth, take the time to document the simple moments.
- We don’t just photograph you nursing. We capture all the smiles, cuddles and simple moments that come when it’s just you and your baby. This is an opportunity to simply be in the moment and capture memories so that you can always look back on this challenging yet rewarding time.
The beauty of these sessions is that you can do them at any point. Three months, 9 months, 2 years. We are capturing the special bond that exists between a mama and her baby. Get in touch if you’d like to talk more about capturing these memories https://www.kristinsinclairphotography.com/contact