Sharing my breastfeeding photos + Giveaway

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I feel like I’ve blogged a lot over the years about how my breastfeeding journey came to be. At first I only hoped to breastfeed to save the money I’d spend on formula for cute dresses for my daughter. My goal for a few months turned into a six-month goal, and eventually, I knew I could do it for the long haul.

The second time around (with my son) I was more confident. The most challenging part initially was pumping enough while he was in daycare, and now it’s thinking of how he will wean considering he still nurses on demand.

My mom didn’t nurse us, but I gave it a shot, and my younger sister followed suit with her daughter. Minority women are statistically less likely to breastfeed, but I’m excited to watch that change as more families are educated on the benefits, and more support becomes available.

My breastfeeding journey is coming to a close. I mentioned reasons I’m looking forward to it being over, but at the same time I know I’ll look back and miss the sweet experience. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful photographer capture some of that emotion in a shoot for World Breastfeeding week.

Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding moms come in all shapes and sizes. One mom's story of her breastfeeding story shared on World Breastfeeding Week. I can’t say thank-you enough to Paige Wilks for giving me something to cherish.

Also, a thank-you to my readers in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week Dr. Brown’s is giving two of my readers a Gia Pillowpillow cover and an assortment of breastfeeding accessories.

Just leave a comment to enter the giveaway. Leave another comment if you share this giveaway with your friends for an additional entry.

I’ll draw and announce the winners next Friday the 15th. Good luck!

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  1. I loved breastfeeding! I’m the minority in my family to try it too, but it was such a bonding experience that’s hard to explain. I’m now pregnant with my second and feel more encouraged ams confident.

  2. so precious. I’m breastfeeding my 3rd right now, unfortunately I have to supplant also because I don’t make enough for her, but I’m not giving up. it’s such a special bond.

  3. Great shots! It must be a double edged sword to be done with breastfeeding. I am just about to start again for the second time and I hope I am more confident like you were…took me till about 5 or 6 months last time and I continued for the year.

  4. Beautiful pictures! I am currently breastfeeding my first – he’s 10 months old – and I absolutely love that time with him.

  5. I started my second breastfeeding journey just 18 days ago and nursed my 2yr 5 month old until he was 22 months. It was a big struggle feeding my first, I.had a low supply and a rare issue with high lipase that causes me to take an extra step and scold all my pumped milk. My goal was one year, but my babe wanted otherwise so I continued. It has been a much easier transition with my.second, and I am very grateful for that. Breastfeeding rocks!

  6. I have breast feed my first 3 children and I am continuing with my fourth! One of the best decisions I have made for their health!!!

  7. I’m so happy to see breastfeeding becoming more normal! My journey started just like yours with my daughter and I now nurse my 17 month old son. I love seeing other women post photos and talk openly about breastfeeding!

  8. I breastfed my first for 5 months, then exclusively pumped until 11 months due to pressure from my mom to give bottles. With this next baby, I plan to breastfeed for much longer and not listen to all the discouragement. This pillow would really be great to help me along!

  9. I have loved breastfeeding both my daughters. My first was 15 months and my second was 20 months. Now that I’m pregnant again I’m excited to have that bonding time again.

  10. The hospital where I had my first child made me give her a bottle, so when we got home she refused my breast. I still pumped for 11 months and she was on breastmilk 100%. For my second child at the same hospital two years later they changed their policy. So when I said I am breastfeeding they were not allowed to give my son a bottle. So he is 100% nursing and I pump for others to feed him. So I think we need to explore why black women do not breastfeed and look at external factors that contribute to this now trend in the black community. Sometimes we do not have a choice although we intended to breastfeed.

  11. What a wonderful idea to capture some special breastfeeding moments with a photo shoot. Will have to keep that in mind as I start my own journey in a month or so with our first babe!

  12. I am pregnant with my first baby. Miracle baby after getting pregnant after struggling with endometriosis. This would be such a blessing to win!

  13. Lovely pics! I nursed my son for a little over 2 years and hope to do the same with the next little one (on the way!)

  14. your pictures are beautiful I think it’s wonderful that you have that special bond with both of your children. I nursed my daughter for 16 months she is now a bubbly 4 year old and my son is 4 months old which I plan to do the same with him with God’s blessings! Thanks for being an inspiration tous nursing moms. Although it is hard work it is truly special 🙂

  15. There is nothing greater than the bond you have when breastfeeding.
    I am so glad I am able to breastfeed. It gets tough at times, like right now my 6 month old gets so distracted when I am out and about. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. It would be nice to have some winnings, new tools!

  16. Those pictures are fabulous! Am currently breastfeeding my 3 month old and I love the time we spend together.

  17. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. They are inspiring! I’d love to take some of my own. Happy Breastfeeding Awareness Month!

  18. Beautiful photos 🙂 I’m excited to start my own breastfeeding journey when our first arrives in a few weeks.

  19. I’m currently breastfeeding my third and last baby and I am treasuring every minute. I am sad that I have to work full time because even though I pump, I still have to use my freezer stash to meet her bottle demand. Eventually I will have to supplement with formula, but whenever we’re together I love that I have instant food for her.

  20. He is so sweet!! I remember when he was born!
    I never tried to nurse my daughter. I tried to nurse my son but he had a shallow latch and I was only able to pump until 10 weeks.

    I’m currently nursing my almost 7 month old and going strong. The first 2 months were terrible though, we had a tongue and lip tie corrected and things were better within a couple days!

    I would love a chance to win! Thank you!!

  21. This is an awesome idea, I will be having photos done my second time around. THe first time I got a few candid phone shots

  22. This is a great way to catch the moments closest to a mommy and baby.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  23. I nursed my first baby and was encouraged by my husband and friends. It was a difficult journey but she’s 10 months now and I’m so glad that I did.

  24. I would love to share these with my sister who will be a first time mom at 35. She always says she needs all the help in the world, but I know she will be just fine.

  25. My oldest daughter will be giving birth for the first time in September and this would be perfect to get her started.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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