Magali and Miles – Breastfeeding mini session

I love babies. I love everything about them. Small ones, big ones, ones with hair, ones without. I am a baby person 🙂 I find them equally as cute no matter how they are fed. But there is just something about seeing a mother breastfeeding her child that speaks to me deeply. It is something I feel passionate about, something that I truly believe is special. Not in a “breastfed babies are better” way, not at all. But in a primal way.

I am so honoured every time someone hires me to capture these moments for them. Often I am asked not to share, and obviously I completely respect that. For some feeding is a private thing that they want to record just for themselves, and that is absolutely ok 🙂 But that just makes it even more special when I am allowed to share!

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Magali is one of those few who have consented to sharing. From the moment she told me she would prefer a public shoot to a home session I knew we were on the same wavelength! I think we were both overjoyed that the weather was kind on the day of the shoot, so we were able to head to the park.

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The autumn colours were out in force and gave the location such a beautiful palette!

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Miles was just adorable, giving me lots of smiles. Such a happy baby! Thankfully he was hungry too, so we were able to maximise the variety from the session.

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I am so happy to have been able to capture these memories for Magali and Miles. The photos make me smile, and hopefully by sharing them we are doing our bit to help breastfeeding be seen as the natural, biological, “normal” act that it is.

#normalisebreastfeeding

Kelly.x

 

Breastfeeding mini sessions are just £45*, bookings available for home or public sessions.

*A 50p per mile surcharge is payable for sessions taking place 15 miles or over outside the Hythe area.

 

More education – Adding another string to my bow!

I’m so excited! Tomorrow marks the start of a new journey for me, something I have wanted to do for a very long time.

Tomorrow I have my first Sure start volunteer training session. And the day after that, my very first Breastfeeding peer supporter training session! Eek!

I’ve been passionate about breastfeeding since my third baby was born. We had so many issues, from a c-section birth to 10% weight loss in the first week, to being hospitalised at 6 weeks seriously ill with bronchiolitis, to undiagnosed silent reflux and all that goes with it. I managed to get through them all. And I couldn’t have done it without the help of a forum full of ladies who were a font of all knowledge when it came to breastfeeding. Some were professionals, some just spoke from experience. But they helped me so much. I have tried to pay that forward ever since. So being accepted to train as a peer supporter is a dream come true for me!

I already feel that I’ve learnt so much about breastfeeding, but I know there is more to learn, and I’m so excited to have the opportunity.

It also means that I can provide an extra service to my clients, if needed. Which makes me so happy, because I can combine two of the things I am most passionate about!

I’ll keep you all up to date with my training journey.

Kelly.x

Breastfeeding campaign UK – Kerry and Gabby

_2123616-copy-b&wAs a mother, breastfeeding is something which has become very important to me. I fed my first child exclusively with formula milk, because I had had no exposure to breastfeeding at all and found the very idea a little bit odd if I’m honest!

But when it came to my second child I was a bit more clued up on what breastmilk is all about, and what a truly amazing substance it is. So I decided to try. He took to it like a natural, and we fed happily until a poorly informed health visitor told me I needed to top him up with formula, because he had started sleeping through the night and wouldn’t latch onto me to dream feed. That was the beginning of the end, and although I limped along until 6 months combining breast and bottle, I barely made it. I had fallen into the top-up trap. Thankfully I was more informed again with my next baby, and despite her having silent reflux and a lot of obstacles in our way, I fed her until she was 14 months old. My last two babies have also been exclusively breastfed too, infact I am still feeding my 22 month old. Its not been without its challenges, both of them were refluxers too, my little boy had a severe tongue tie and, if I hadn’t been so determined, I might have given up on many occasions.

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So when i heard about a campaign being set up by two fellow photographers, to raise awareness of breastfeeding and to help normalise it in the public view, I knew I had to take part. The aim of the campaign is to get people to realise that breastfeeding is a completely normal biological thing, its not sexual or obscene, and feeding your child in public is not exposing yourself. Every mother should be able to feed their child without harassment, be it breast, supplementary feeding system or bottle. Sadly, many breastfeeding mothers face hostility when feeding their babies in public. But surely one of the many many beautiful things about breastfeeding is that it IS so convenient, that you have milk of the perfect composition and temperature, ready for your baby to drink the moment they need it?

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So I put out a call for some wonderful breastfeeding ladies to photograph, to be part of the campaign. And these beautiful photographs are the result of my first shoot. This is the gorgeous Kerry, with her little cutie Gabby. We had a lovely morning in a local cafe, chatting and drinking tea, and when Gabby needed to be fed Kerry fed her, like it should be. I just captured them as they were, and the result is just breathtaking! How can anyone be offended by such a wonderful thing? This is a Mother’s love, a perfectly natural act, what our breasts were made to do! There is next to nothing on show, certainly less than you would see on any summers day at the beach, or any Friday night in town. Surely better than a screaming baby?

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So please, whenever you see a mother feeding her baby, just give her a smile. At worst its just a friendly gesture, at best it will make her feel less self-conscious, more confident. Its not about breast vs formula. Its about a Mother’s right to feed her baby however and wherever she needs to, without fear of being critisised or asked to leave. Lets normalise breastfeeding.

#BreastfeedingcampaignUK

#Normalisebreastfeeding

#freetofeed

Kelly.x