Happy International Breastfeeding Normalization Day! That’s a mouthful. To celebrate we’ve put together some of our favourite breastfeeding images from the days of yore.
1- A mother waits to board a Greyhound bus in Chattanooga in 1943.
2 – During The Great Depression, when everyone worried about food, babies were fed when and where they needed to be.
4 – A wonderful screen … Keep Reading!!!
I breastfed my 4th child till a few months past his 5th birthday. I tandem nursed for more then 3 years, and while I’m still nursing my 5th child who is almost 4 I am also pregnant with #6 and am looking forward to tandem nursing again if #5 should continue to nurse through this pregnancy. -Jessica Wylie
(Photo credit: Heather Marie Marshall)
Mothers from around the world continue to submit their photos in an effort to support other moms breastfeeding past infancy- because it’s normal!
This is that breastfeeding past infancy looks like! <3
Oliver was born full-term, at 37+3 weeks gestation. He was small, weighing only 5lbs 8oz, which the medical staff attributed to the placental tear and pre-eclampsia I had developed. There was some fetal distress during delivery and he was born dusky, but crying. Immediately, the MD who delivered him noticed that he had a significant tongue tie. In fact, his tongue wouldn’t extend past his gums at all. The attending pediatrician brushed it off, … Keep Reading!!!
The full-term breastfeeding story I’m going to begin by telling is my story. I don’t remember it, though.
I was exclusively breastfed by my own mother in a time and place when doing such a thing was rare. I nursed until shortly after my little sister arrived when I was two and a half, tandem nursing with her until I moved on.
I have no memory of actually breastfeeding. I clearly remember the … Keep Reading!!!
Images and text by Susan May.
On July 2nd of this year, 2014, I will mark 8 (EIGHT!) straight years of breastfeeding. I’m almost positive (like 99.99% sure) that there was not even a day in that 8 year stretch that went by without at least one session. I know this sounds quite impressive or even unbelievable to many people. Some might think that it is even a “sacrifice” on my part. But honestly I don’t often think … Keep Reading!!!
Images and text by Lesly Simmons
The birth story I wrote in my head for my first child was radically altered at the 20-week mark, when I was diagnosed with complete placenta previa. I went from planning an all natural birth to expecting (and ultimately having) an emergency c-section a month early. Thankfully our baby girl Mia arrived small but healthy, and our breastfeeding journey began a few hours after she was born. It continues now at 15 months, and … Keep Reading!!!
Images and Text by Jill Petrush Rogers
I thought to myself, “Wait, what?! He’s two. He’s still breastfeeding…really?!”
You see, before my nephew was born, I was never really around a breastfed baby, let alone a toddler!
When I became pregnant, I knew that I wanted to breastfeed (thanks to my sister-in-law and a few other close friends), but my original goal was still one … Keep Reading!!!
Image and text by Libbie.
Breastfeeding did not come easy for us. My son was due on December 25, 2011, but my water broke on December 3, 2011 at 36 weeks, 6 days. I was both surprised and worried. I wasn’t even … Keep Reading!!!
Images and text by Brandy Van Vossen
Before I had children of my own I knew that I wanted to breastfeed. I knew that this was the most important decision that I would make for them in their early years. I knew that breast was best. But my inexperience kept me from seeing anything beyond this.
I didn’t grow up seeing breastfeeding. As much as I babysat and even having a younger brother born when I was 16, I just … Keep Reading!!!
Images and text by Molly Stepansky.
My name is Molly. I am a stay at home mom to three wonderful kids. E will be 6 this summer, N just turned 3 and little L is 7 months old. People who know me know that I am passionate about most everything I do. In a former life I was a passionate high school teacher, a (not so passionate) chemist, a passionate sailing instructor, a (just to make ends meet) waitress and … Keep Reading!!!