One thing I hear from moms repeatedly is “I wish I had some pictures of when my kids were nursing.”

I take a lot of pictures when nursing my kids, with my phone. You know the ones… arm outstretched, hoping to get a good angle and not shake your hand too much, or settling for the low resolution front-camera iPhone pictures. Many of them are good enough to put into our family photo book for the year, to mark these memories, but they’re not really frame-worthy.

joyful abode breastfeeding photograph

I’ve been wanting to do a nursing photography session with our family photographer Gingi of Retrospective Imagery, in order to get some “real” pictures of this part of my relationship with my babies, but haven’t scheduled that particular shoot yet.

breastfeeding on demand

But today we had a family session, which lent itself to some incidental breastfeeding shots.

breastfeeding in a ring sling

…Because babies need to nurse…

babywearing breastfeeding photography

…and overwhelmed toddlers who just spent an hour in the car before arriving at an unfamiliar location and being told to pose and smile … need to nurse.

nursing a toddler photograph

So lucky me! Gingi kept snapping away. (In the last picture, I am wiping away a tear… Anneliese was really pretty overwhelmed at the whole situation. But nursing helped her to calm down so we could get some great family pictures afterward.)

full-term breastfeeding photography

And she gave me permission to share these gorgeous photos she captured, as part of my World Breastfeeding Week blog post series. Thanks so much Gingi! (You can see more from this photo shoot on her blog.)

I hope everyone will check out her website, and if they need a great Hanford, CA Photographer, get in touch with her. She’s also on facebook at Retrospective Imagery.

Is a breastfeeding photoshoot something you’d want to do with your nursling/nurslings? Why or why not? If so, what sort of location would you want to shoot in? At home? At a park? Maybe at a local landmark?

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9 Comments on Breastfeeding Photography – Would you do it?

  1. Devin says:

    I love this post! I just found your page from the Navy for Sale fb page! The nursing photo session is SUCH a beautiful idea!! I TOTALLY want to do this!

  2. Emily says:

    That’s a really cute baby! Such deep blue eyes … so immense 🙂

  3. Allison says:

    Those are incredibly precious photos! Nothing as intimate as that with your child..

  4. Monica says:

    Gorgeous pictures! I have always loved nursing photos and can’t wait to take some soon. I really like the celebrity ones as well of them in their dressing rooms all glommed up and nursing!

  5. lisaMNmama says:

    The b+w of you & joey is stunning. It captures the essence of a mother’s heart for her babes and the gift that nursing can be; such a nurturing and fulfilling experience for mama & child.

  6. Kari S. says:

    Brought tears to my eyes. My two year old is starting to nurse less and less. and I miss baby wearing! thanks for sharing!

  7. Jess says:

    Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing! I had our photographer capture nursing photos at our newborn and 6 month photo shoot, and they were some of my favorites of both sessions. I plan to have her include some in the upcoming 1-year session as well. Such precious memories.

  8. Crissyk says:

    So precious! I snapped a photo of my newborn nursing when we were at the hospital.Sadly I don’t have any from him nursing as a toddler.Maybe I can get my husband to snap a few. 🙂

  9. I would love to do a nursing photo shoot! I had to nurse my youngest at a family photo shoot in October, and I still regret not asking the photography to snap a few photos. In this area, nursing in public is so rare that I really wasn’t sure how she would feel about taking the photos, so I didn’t say anything. There are almost no pictures of me nursing my older three children, and I really regret that. I’ve tried to be more intentional about taking pictures of Nehemiah nursing, even if it is just a quick picture with my cell phone.

    Beautiful pictures of you and your nurslings!

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