World Breastfeeding Week: Bloomington, IL

Many of you know me as a mother and photographer, but did you know I also have my Master's in Public Health? My research in grad school focused on improving maternal and child health in India and I still support friends in India working to empower women. I learned so many lessons about health and life that I have been able to carry into motherhood. My time as a birth doula helped me understand the importance of supporting mothers and babies at the beginning of life even more.

Breastfeeding is not only the cornerstone of a child’s healthy development; it is also the foundation of a country’s development.
— UNICEF

The first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week  and this years theme is focused on raising awareness of the links between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals. Breastfeeding reduces poverty, hunger and the spread of infectious disease, enhances mental and cognitive development and has a positive impact on economic development. 

On a personal level this time with my kids has been so special and I know it is coming to an end. While I wanted to get some pictures with Cordie she was a little too busy playing but Charlie was more than happy to get some extra mama milk today. Thanks to my hubs for getting some great shots I can hold onto even when this phase of life is over. The reality is breastfeeding is just part of daily life. A family event that happens among giggles, tears, naps and play.