Newborn Nursing Session | St. Charles Breastfeeding Photography

The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project, or PBAP (http://www.facebook.com/PublicBreastfeedingAwarenessProject) was started in 2013 by an Austin, TX based photographer named Leilani Rogers. The aim of the project is to normalize breastfeeding by showcasing images of breastfeeding in real life. There are currently 75 active photographers involved with the project. This year, they are holding a contest and will choose 3-5 new photographers to participate.

I worked with two very awesome clients who were both available on short notice and were game for whatever I had in store for them. Ultimately, I had to choose only one picture to enter into the contest and it was SUCH a tough decision. While this duo was not selected as my entry into the PBAP contest, it was still an amazing session down at RibFest in St. Charles, MO over Memorial Day weekend.

Introducing, baby Lucas. This session was held on his due date even though he was born 5 weeks prior!

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And his beautiful mom (who is a Beachbody coach and is already back to training!)

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The next picture is the one I nearly submitted for the contest. The stipulations for entering a photograph were that it show a location where a mom may want to be more comfortable breastfeeding. This definitely fits the bill!

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As we were doing this session, another mom walked by and said "nurse on, mama". It was a wonderful example of how nursing moms can all build each other up and help support one another. Some moms (myself included) rehearse what we might say if a stranger challenged us at a restaurant or at a park. But how wonderful would it be if we didn't have to worry about this in the first place?

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Nurse on mama!