The Journey of Breastfeeding

August 11, 2021

Last week was world breastfeeding week, and as a photographer who captures the journey throughout motherhood, nursing sessions are something I can offer to capture the special bond between you and your little one. Feeding your baby, no matter whatever way you choose is special. Let me start off by saying all mothers should feel empowered by the choices they make; However, in this post I am going to show you some of my favorite nursing sessions and share my journey in breastfeeding.

My Breastfeeding Journey

Ive been nursing my little guy for just about 24 months. I had no idea how hard it would be in the beginning. Leo was in the nicu and on oxygen, so trying to latch with tubes is no joke. The nurse’s kept telling me he wouldn’t be able to breastfeed with the oxygen tubes but that didn’t stop us from trying and guess what HE DID. But we dealt with a lot of things after… learning to re-latch without the oxygen, having to give a bottle (breastmilk) to be able to leave the nicu, getting off the nipple shield, oversupply, slow weight gain, anxious postpartum momma, cutting soy and dairy, tongue tie revise around 3 months, drop in supply when I got my period back at 4 months… tons and tons of set backs and hard stuff the first 4-5 months but I’m happy to share we are still going strong. I am proud of our journey and how far we have come. But I also know how incredibly hard it was in those first few months. I also feel like its not something that is talked about enough. That its okay to struggle, its okay if it doesn’t feel “natural” at first and most importantly its okay to seek help! One of BEST things I did for myself and Leo was hire Kristen from KR Lactation Support. She was an absolute life saver. I can not say enough good things about her. So momma, if your struggling seek help, you do not have to do this alone!

Capturing The Special Moments

As a momma, I want to remember the special times where I alone was my baby’s sole source of comfort. Breastfeeding is too short of a time and photographing it gives you those sweet moments back. I still cherish these daily reminders that he’s still so small.

Shoots are set up to tailor your style and needs. Milkbaths can be in the summer in my vintage tub, or a private studio session is also available for winter months. We can personalize these sessions to however you feel it best fits you. Every journey is special, and I want to make sure this session is apart of those sweet moments that you will remember forever.

No matter what part you are in your journey, know that you’re amazing and these milestones are worth being celebrated.

– Love Shaina

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