When you are an artist it can some times be tricky to find the right inspiration or the right muse that will help you start off a project and not look back… I on the other hand was very fortunate. 

On August of 2014 during the International Breastfeeding Week, I had the chance to go to the Big Latch On over in Inwood for my very first time and then to a breastfeeding party that took place in Central Park, NYC. During these two events I met some wonderful mommas and their little ones who where so confident with nursing in public, I also met some moms that had a rough breastfeeding journey but had been able to overcome all the difficulties and kept nursing. It was surprising for me to see all these ladies and babies gathered in one place but to be honest I expected to see much more moms participating in such wonderful events. 
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My baby girl, my inspiration, my love, Dominique

Days went by, and one night while nursing my baby girl I saw her eyes closing as she peacefully fell asleep; I thought to myself “this is beautiful, the bond between me and my baby while breastfeeding is indeed beautiful and unique.” Right then, right that instant, my lovely Dominique became the muse for this amazing project that I had never considered before: NYC Breastfeeding World.

As a photographer I had promised myself that I would create beautiful pieces of art. With each image I took, I would capture unique and meaningful moments that would tell a story for a lifetime and I knew that I had to use my photography skills to make a change in my community, to make a change in the world. I remember I could not go back to sleep that night, it was one idea after the other that swamped my brain… I remember waking up very early in the morning and calling my mom and my older brother Christian and telling them ” I need your help”… and so, our brainstorming sessions began. 
Just like many other wonderful projects we’ve created together, this one began taking its form but time was against us, fall was just around the corner and I needed to start the photo sessions sooner rather than later. I had decided to find 50 NYC breastfeeding moms and gift each of them a professional mini sessions, I decided to unite with some very talented makeup artist and other photographers who volunteered their time and talent to make the beginning of this project possible. (Make sure you meet our team!) 
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BTS photo by: Jessica Cuevas – Makeup by: Monique Burnett
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BTS photo by: Jessica Cuevas – Makeup by: Monique Burnett

 

It has been a long process: from the creation of this website, to the editing of each of the sessions which was crafted with lots of love and attention to details. We wanted to capture the beauty of breastfeeding  as well as the importance of being able to nurse in public;  we also wanted to share the tough experiences that many of these beautiful women and their babies went through during their journey. In the following blog posts we will be sharing all this stories as well as more behind the scenes shots of our sessions.
With this movement we aim to create awareness of the importance of breastfeeding as well as motivate new moms and moms-to-be to take the path of nursing, we want to be here for you, to support you and encourage you to keep going all the way, this is what NYC’s Breastfeeding World stands for! 
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BTS photo by: Jessica Cuevas – Makeup by: Monique Burnett
With your help we hope to reach other cities around the world and encourage not fifty moms, but thousands! Thanks to everyone that so far has made this project possible and thanks to God for giving me the most beautiful muse I could have asked for. 

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Alexia Garcia

Photographer at Alegares Photography
I'm a proud mom to a beautiful little girl who is the reason of all my smiles | Creator and founder of the Breastfeeding World Project - passionate about normalizing breastfeeding | Professional photographer serving New York City
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20 Comments on How it all began – NYC Breastfeeding World Project

  1. Brittany
    February 18, 2015 at 5:48 PM (3 years ago)

    Great job creating awareness for breastfeeding.

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  2. Corey
    February 18, 2015 at 6:21 PM (3 years ago)

    NYC Breastfeeding World is such a great project! Congrats on following your dream and what you believe in!

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  3. Alex
    February 18, 2015 at 9:25 PM (3 years ago)

    This is my first time hearing about NYC Breastfeeding World and I have to say it sounds so wonderful! I’m looking forward to following your project!

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  4. Alicia
    February 18, 2015 at 9:52 PM (3 years ago)

    Wonderful way to raise awareness for breastfeeding.

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  5. Shanna
    February 18, 2015 at 11:30 PM (3 years ago)

    Wow! What a wonderful project! Thanks NYC Breastfeeding World for raising awareness!

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  6. Sueann
    February 19, 2015 at 11:03 AM (3 years ago)

    great job on spreading breast feeding awareness! I’ve never herd of NYC’s breastfeeding world, but I am excited about it and will spread the love to all up my family and friends up North!

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  7. Jiyeon
    February 19, 2015 at 2:03 PM (3 years ago)

    great job on spreading breast feeding awareness and capturing awesome images!

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  8. Haley
    February 19, 2015 at 3:42 PM (3 years ago)

    NYC Breastfeeding World is such a great project! Thank you for spreading the word about breastfeeding awareness!

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  9. Jennifer Rittenberry
    February 19, 2015 at 9:49 PM (3 years ago)

    Breastfeeding is a beautiful part of bonding with your child and should be widely accepted. Raising awareness in NYC is just the tip of the iceberg. Thank you for being a brave advocate!

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  10. Esther Edith galleries
    February 20, 2015 at 3:31 PM (3 years ago)

    Great to see another photographer bringing awareness to breasfeeding! NYC is a great place to start.

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  11. martha
    February 20, 2015 at 5:43 PM (3 years ago)

    Breastfeeding is so critical for us moms to provide to our little ones when we can. The NYC Breastfeeding World Project is a wonderful way to support this act of love. Wonderful!

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  12. Christine D
    February 20, 2015 at 11:13 PM (3 years ago)

    I breastfed all of my kids exclusively, and I was a member and leader of La Leche League for years. Nursing is very near and dear to my heart! It is such a special time with your baby, and it is so awesome that you are providing beautiful photographs of this for these moms and babies. I wish I had photos like this from my nursing days. And I love seeing the variety in NYC!

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  13. Cynthia
    February 22, 2015 at 1:42 PM (3 years ago)

    Super excited for New York’s World Breastfeeding project – I love everything about this and think it is super important to spread awareness

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  14. Kathy
    February 22, 2015 at 11:32 PM (3 years ago)

    I remember reading about your project this past summer! SO glad to see is it still going strong! Amazing work!

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  15. Ashley Short
    February 23, 2015 at 5:18 PM (3 years ago)

    I’ve not heard of NYC Breastfeeding World Project until now, but I’m in LOVE! I’m a nursing mom and a breastfeeding photographer as well, so to see a project like this go big is very inspiring to me! I work hard to normalize breastfeeding, and hope that someday, all moms will be able to capture that precious bond on camera! Keep up the great work!

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  16. Esther Edith galleries
    February 23, 2015 at 7:32 PM (3 years ago)

    Wonderful way to bring awareness to breastfeeding! NYC is definitely a good place to start. 🙂

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  17. Jennifer
    February 23, 2015 at 9:31 PM (3 years ago)

    So amazing what you are doing, breastfeeding is so natural and I think every parent should feel so proud to do it! Raising awareness is a great idea, so many people look down to public feedings but this is so natural! Great work!!

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  18. harshita
    February 23, 2015 at 10:14 PM (3 years ago)

    I have been a crunchy mom and i worked with moms for breastfeeding project back in Dallas.. I love the concept of the breast feeding project and how beautifully you have captured the pictures in NYC

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  19. Julie evans
    February 27, 2015 at 3:30 PM (3 years ago)

    I am a huge breastfeeding advocate and love this post!

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