Today is the first day of World Breastfeeding Week 2015. Lately, I've been spending quite a bit of time contemplating what breastfeeding has meant and continues to mean to me as I slowly come to the realization I may now be nursing my third, and possibly last, baby.
Looking back, I have come to a personal revelation – which may have already been quite obvious to some:
Breastfeeding is nature’s generous gift of gently easing the transition from womb to world. Where my baby’s life was once nourished by the steady, pulsating stream of nutrient-rich blood through the vessels of the umbilical cord, she is now nourished by the joyful, warm coursing flow of milk from my breasts.
It is a continuation of the uniquely, deeply intimate physical and emotional connection that we once shared from within to the one we find ourselves experiencing now in our earthside embrace.
Moments, which had once seemed eternal, have now become ever so fleeting. In a matter a few months or years, there she will be, my last baby. This special transition will have passed to be replaced by a new one.
In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, I am sharing some of my favorite images of breastfeeding. For me, these photographs most perfectly and passionately immortalize the soulful love and spiritual connection called forth during the all too ephemeral and sacred womb-to-world transition.
Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment with a number.
A heartfelt thank you to Munich photographer, Tammy Nicole of Tammy Nicole Photography, for kindly giving me permission to share her beautiful photography on my blog.
Stay tuned for future blog posts and meet two of Munich's lovely and inspiring photographers: Tammy Nicole and Anna Hausner.