15 Inspiring Photos That Reveal The True Essence of Breastfeeding


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.

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6 thoughts on “15 Inspiring Photos That Reveal The True Essence of Breastfeeding

  • I really like all of them aswell, they show strength and beauty and are simply amazing pictures <3

    But if I have to pick, my absolute favorites are 3 - 7 - 14

  • These are highly idealized and beautiful images. But I don’t feel they represent the true essence of breastfeeding. Where is the picture of a mom with a sns clipped to her hair and a nipple shield on because she had to supplement with pumped or donor milk for awhile while because she had an emergent c section and her milk was delayed? Where is the mom eating toast with one hand, nursing a baby with the other, and appeasing a toddler with her feet? Where is the mom crammed in the back seat of a car nursing on the side of the road? Where is the mom who can’t remember the last time she brushed her teeth or hair? The mom covered in spit up? The mom silently suffering ppd but nursing anyway because she knows that’s what’s best? Where is the mom who hates breastfeeding but does it anyway? I don’t want to take from these images and what they show. But I do think as women and mothers we need to acknowledge that nursing is not flowery sun kissed beauty every nursing session. Maybe that would do much better to normalize breastfeeding in our culture!

    • Allison,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts about these images. You rightly call attention to the importance of showing all aspects of breastfeeding. Those moments, trials, challenges deserve recognition and validation as much as the photos above. The women photographed above have each travelled their own unique path along their breastfeeding journey, only those more challenging moments are not the ones captured here.

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