Power in Imagery: Real Moms Breastfeeding on Instagram

We LOVE sharing the breastfeeding love through imagery, which is why we are so passionate about showcasing moms breastfeeding on Instagram, the visual social media network.

That’s a lot of boobs and babies.

So why is it that Instagram moms #cantstopwontstop when it comes to showing their babies getting that sweet liquid gold? Because visualization is important. There is a reason that inspirational speakers, and athletes put such an emphasis on visualizing their goals: because the power of imagery makes SUCH an impact on our brains, that mental visualizations are shown to be almost as effective as physical practice (source).

How does that correlate to the importance of seeing women breastfeeding on Instagram? Because the best way to break down sexual stigmas and breastfeeding ignorance is to make it normal. (Speaking of, if this is something you are passionate about, you are going to want to read this post about being a breastfeeding warrior, and letting go.)

So the best way to make breastfeeding normal, is to see it. It’s why nursing in public isn’t just feeding a baby- it’s changing the way society looks at breasts, moms, and women. Breastfeeding Photography is the foundation of our project, and we will always be proud that we are part of an incredible movement across the globe to support women.

Just Like Me: Real Moms Breastfeeding On Instagram

Breastfeeding World has ALWAYS celebrated breastfeeding mothers on our Instagram feed, but in the New Year, we decided to change things up a bit. For the first week of the year, we decided to show not just images from our stunning team of professional photographers, but to share photos of real women, with real stories, successes, and struggles in a project our editing manager dubbed “Just Like Me: Real Moms Breastfeeding”. We fell in love with photo after photo- every tag, DM, and image of women breastfeeding on Instagram had us cheering in joy.

Here are our absolute favorite images:

1. When Mom breastfeeding on Instagram do it all:

Pumping?  No problem. Nursing in public? #nailedit. Getting married? Bring it on. Scottish Mom Olive knows “you do what you gotta do!”

🤱Just like me: Real Moms Breastfeeding🤱 . Tag us in a pic of you and your child giving or receiving breastmilk and tell us what Normalizing breastfeeding means to you. . In 2017 I became and mother and wife and milk donor. I am a woman. I am blessed to be a woman. . @olivepwood . The first one my husband took of me pumping using my Xmas present off him. He is so unbelievably supportive.But what I also want to share about this picture is that here I’m pumping for a mother is scotland. Who sadly is unable to keep up with the demands of her baby due having to exclusively pump herself as her baby has an unfortunate difficulty with latching. I hope that when the world rights itself and bf becomes the fundamental norm and women take control over their own bodies again… . Milk sharing will be the norm, too. . The 2nd photo is my first “public feeding photo” which is special to me because my mum asked to take it as she was so proud. 😊😊 she never bf myself or my sister due to the big formula push in the mid to late 80s and lack of information available… it is her only regret. . The 3rd photo is just me getting ready for my wedding 😄😄😄 got do what you gotta do!

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2. Breastfeeding with Ginormous Boobs

There is a complete myth out there that if you are a large chested woman, breastfeeding should be easy. @Kloudsmama assures while sharing her gorgeous image of her and her child breastfeeding on Instagram, that’s not the case.

 

@kloudsmama shares with us… “My struggles were the fact that my boob was three sizes to his head so getting a latch position was my biggest challenge. And that’s why I wish breastfeeding was normalized so someone could of told me hey this is hard but since you got big boobs it’s going to be 20x more challenging. . And all you see is cute moms either there little boobs walking around feeding babies and everything and I wanted so badly to be able to do that but I can. I get to lay down and feed. So I guess I was looking at the glass half empty and really it was full.” Keep sharing with us for this week’s “JUST LIKE ME: Real moms breastfeeding” remember to tag us and share what Normalizing breastfeeding means to you! . . . #maedeprimeiraviagem #newborn #momblog #blackwomenbreastfeed #lactanciamaterna #brelfie #amamentacao #livredemanda #leitematerno #lactation #breastfeedingmom #normalizebreastfeeding #breastfedbaby #breastfeeding #sns #milksharing #tribedemama #babywearingforthewin #parenting #porteo #doula #crianzaconapego

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3.Allllll The Newborn Squishiness

These mommas breastfeeding on Instagram have our ovaries quivering in love. I can practically smell that breastfed newborn sweetness through the screen. Twenty to life, Lauren, twenty to life!

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4. “I’ll breastfeed as long as she wants!”

Why is it that society thinks that if you breastfeed past one, it’s instantly time to start weaning your child? While full term breastfeeding isn’t as extreme as people like to think, the social stigmas surrounding it keep many moms practicing boundaries and not sharing photos of themselves breastfeeding as much. That’s part of the reason we are SO in love with this milk bath image that Hawaiian mom, Aubrie, shared:

#Repost @mermaidaubrie (@get_repost) ・・・ Proudly nursing 3 years strong and counting. My goal before I gave birth was to breastfeed her for 2 years like my mama did for me. Now that I’ve exceeded my goal, everyday I’m just happy to still be going strong, for the health of my child’s growing and developing brain & body. When people ask me “how long I’m going to let her breastfeed for” I tell them for as long as she wants!! It doesn’t concern me what other people think, especially when it comes to my child. One day I know I will terribly miss this journey we’ve been on, & I’ll be glad I let her wean when she was ready. I feel really bad when I hear other mothers struggles with nursing, because this has been the easiest most instinctual & natural thing for me. Yes I’m tired & always getting the life force sucked out of me constantly, but what an honor it is to be able to give that sacred life force to her. The female body truly amazes me, & how bad ass we really are to grow these little humans from our wombs, & continue to grow them for years after birth with the power of our own bodies! 💞This is by no means to shame other mamas for their choices when it comes to feeding their babies, I’m just really damn proud of all the hard work my body has done for my baby & still continues to do so, & have every right to!! #NormalizeBreastfeedingToddlers #OnlyMamasMilk #NoOtherSpeciesMilk #BosomNectar #VeganBreastfeeding #ToddlerBreastfeeding #BreastfeedingArt #BreastfeedingIsLove #oceanLunaLove #3YearsYoung #PuaPower #FlowerBath #MamasMilk

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5. Sweet, Sweet Baby Rolls

There isn’t a mom out there not in love with sweet milky sustained baby rolls. And the look of love in this sweet girl’s eyes give us all the feels.

 

6. Breastfeeding while pregnant

Another breastfeeding myth out there is that it’s not safe to breastfeed while pregnant, and Aida’s stunning photos shine with proof that in most cases, it’s just not true. (Not to mention, we love the before and after of the pregnancy and then tandem nursing!)

 

7. Motherhood, Unfiltered

Over and over, moms breastfeeding on Instagram show that women are multi-tasking queens! And while we all get touched out one time or another, we also frequently remind ourselves just how lucky we are to be so needed and loved.

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8. #MomGoals

I don’t know any mom that has ever looked so amazingly empowered while breastfeeding on Instagram as Jessie. I’d double dog dare anyone to try to shame her breastfeeding her adorable son. Double. Dog. Dare.

9. Anytime, anywhere

These three mamas take breastfeeding on Instagram to a whole new level. (Anyone recognize our very own Abby D?) They are showing the world that when your kiddo is hungry, your kiddo gets to eat. End. Of. Story.

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10. Beautiful Breastfeeding

No caption needed.

Make up, no shower, professional photography or a quick brelfie with your iPhone- mothers across Instagram are uniting together for a powerful cause. The point isn’t to “flash your boobs”, “get attention”, “act like you’re a better mom”, or any other stupid comment you hear society say when they try to oppress images of women nursing.

A beautiful piece about the power of imagery in the normalizie breastfeeding campaign, particularly moms sharing breastfeeding photos on instagram. #brelfie #breastfeedingworld #normalizebreastfeeding #breastfeedingphotography

When nursing moms share images of ourselves nursing, post brelfies, or simply nurse in public, we are showing the world that breastfeeding is just a mom and a baby, and that is beautiful. And we are telling other nursing moms that they are okay, they don’t have to hide, and they are not alone

So let’s #uniteinmotherhood , Share the breastfeeding love, and keep posting those pics!

 

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Lauren Lewis

Early Childcare Educator at Lauren's Little Ones
Lauren Lewis is no stranger to childcare development, having spent over 10 years as a nanny or family childcare provider. She's the wife of a travel geek, mother of two vivacious children, and has an amazing talent for trailing lost things behind her a la Hansel and Gretel.Her passion for lifting up women and advocating for children pours out in her work as a Central Indiana Event Coordinator, Writer, and Social Media Relations Director for Breastfeeding World.Her life is full of busy, crazy and LOUD. It is full of love and hope, ups and downs. And coffee, always lots of coffee- but she wouldn't have it any other way.
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