Irish Mums Unite In Stunning Photoshoot To Mark World Breastfeeding Week

The socially distanced photoshoot was a collaboration between an Irish lactation consultant and a Wicklow photographer.

They say when women support women amazing things can happen. Well when women support breastfeeding women it's positively stunning. Last week a tribe of Irish women joined forces in Wicklow to create a beautiful image to celebrate world breastfeeding week.

The photoshoot took place in a beautiful meadow in Wicklow and was completely in line with social distancing rules and regulations. Facemasks were manditory and numbers were strictly limited to adhere with the current rules. The result was a breathtaking set of photos showing Irish women breastfeeding their children.

The photography project was organized within 24 hours as a way to round off another successful World Breastfeeding Week. Lactation consultant Kitty wanted to create a powerful visual representation of breastfeeding in Ireland. There were mothers of all ages and stages feeding children of all ages and stages. I think you'll agree that it is beautiful.

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| 𝑾𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅 π‘©π’“π’†π’‚π’”π’•π’‡π’†π’†π’…π’Šπ’π’ˆ π‘Ύπ’†π’†π’Œ β€’ Yesterday was nothing short of brilliant, amazing, EMPOWERING!! I am still buzzing from it today and will be for a while. πŸ’• β€’ From a little idea last week to such a wonderful turnout yesterday and the willingness to advocate during a pandemic too. πŸ™ŒπŸ˜ β€’ The pictures with our masks on are so powerful and symbolic of what we are experiencing in our world at the moment. ✊🏼 β€’ Lots of parents weren't able to join us yesterday but don't worry, this will be an annual event without a doubt after today! And as much as this week is world breastfeeding week, we should continue to advocate for breastfeeding so that more and more parents and children can reap the benefits of one of the most natural and instinctive acts there is. Keep spreading awareness, keep nursing everywhere and anywhere you want to, and get support when you need it. Support is key! πŸ’– β€’ Thank you again to @birth_baby_beyond_ you amazing human for bringing my idea to life, thank you to @yourstory__photography for taking the most gorgeous pictures while simultaneously being a supermom and thank you to everyone who turned up, wanted to turn up and who has sent the most lovely messages. πŸ’• β€’ β€’ β€’ #worldbreastfeedingweek #wbfw2020 #empowerment #breastfeedawareness #breastfeedingadvocate #breastfeedingadvocacy #breastfeedwithoutfear #breastfeedinpublic #nursling #breastfeedingmums #breastfeedingmoms #breastfeedingparents #chestfeedingparents #chestfeedingawareness #informedisbest #breastfeedingeducation #breastfeedingsupport #breastfeedingeducator #dohla #birthdoula #postpartumdoula #momdoula #globebabydoula

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The incredible photographer on the day was Amanda Hatten (yourstory_photography) who gave up her time and was delighted to be involved in the project. Speaking on her own Instagram she spoke about the significance of this photoshoot happening merely weeks after her own breastfeeding journey came to an end.

"I was so blessed with a huge community throughout all my feeding journeys and today reminded me of that and filled me with joy".

Amanda kindly extended her services and took a number of individual shots of mothers feeding their children. Photos and memories that will last a lifetime.

Lactation consultant Kitty was overwhelmed by the event which was a dream come true for her.

"In less than 24 hours we came together on this grey drizzly day to celebrate world breastfeeding week. The event has truly brought me to tears. Every day I see women's struggles with feeding their babies".

"I see you mummas. No matter how long or short your journey. Today and this week is about you".

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Breastfeeding journeys are like maps, all roads are different, they're all leading in different directions and all end somewhere. It doesn't matter where in your journey you are, each stage is important and unique. Finishing feeding all three of my boys was so tough and completely unique, Arch weaned over night at 7 months, I cried my eyes out and felt shame in bottle feeding because I felt like I failed. Hunter I got touched out and felt completely done so took a holiday for 3 days and left weaning to Daniel, the guilt killed me but so did the feeding every 20 mins all night up to this point. Then fletcher my last baby to feed weaned at 11.5 months due to a perferated ear drum. Oh goodness did I cry, it was awful, I wanted to feed for so much longer but I am baby led in everything else so I needed to take his lead on this (I tried and tried to convince him otherwise for weeks!!!) Anyway my rambling is that even though our journeys are different and change direction when we're not expecting it they're all wonderful. Normal buisness shall resume from tomorrow!! I don't like to share personal decisions, faith or political believes on here as I do not want to offend others so I apologise in advance if my breastfeeding posts have upset you. What ever way you are feeding your baby, know this, you're nailing it ❀️ . . . . #covid19 #wicklowphotographer #childrenofinstagram #candidchildhood #cameramamma #candidphotography #candidchildren #breastfeeding #breastisbest #breastfeedingthroughcovid #liquidgold #irishphotographers #irishfemalephotographer #female_igers_ireland #worldbreastfeedingweek2020 #worldbreastfeedingweek #breastfeedingweek

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World Breastfeeding Week has now come to an end but what a beautiful way to capture the event. Kitty wanted to leave us with some lovely information about breastfeeding that many people may not know. We are fascinated.

Breastmilk Is Personalised Medicine

There are numerous antiviral and antibacterial properties in breast milk that protect a baby from infection. These infection-fighting properties are being continually updated in response to the mother and baby's environment.

When a mother's body encounters a new germ, her mature immune system will deploy millions of white blood cells to fight it off and quickly pass them on to her baby via her milk.

Over 95% Of Women Can Produce All The Milk Their Baby Needs

The vast majority of women can make all the milk their baby needs, and contrary to popular belief, the size of a woman's breasts doesn't impact the volume of milk she can produce.

Milk production depends entirely on supply and demand. In the early months milk needs to be removed effectively from both of her breasts at least eight times in twenty four hours for a mother's supply to be established and maintained. By far the most common reason for low milk supply is under stimulation of a mother's breasts, either because her baby isn't feeding frequently enough or isn't removing milk effectively.

Breastfeeding Acts As A Natural Painkiller

Breastmilk contains natural painkillers called endocannabinoids. Breastfeeding before and during vaccination injections has been shown to reduce pain in babies.

Tracey Quinn

Proud mum of two who got married on Don't Tell The Bride and had an accidental home-birth (loves a good story). She's passionate about breastfeeding, positive thinking & all things cosy.

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