The Struggles of a breastfeeding mom / Chandler, AZ Breastfeeding Photography

Newborn

February 21, 2021

Do you like the idea of breastfeeding photography, but you are unsure whether to even breastfeed your baby? While it is a personal choice that each mother must make, you should not feel pressured into choosing one way or the other just to please the people around you. Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m a professional newborn and family photographer located in Chandler, Arizona and I’m grateful that you are here.

According to the WHO, “breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. It is the ideal food for infants which is safe, clean and contains antibodies to help protect against many common childhood illnesses. Breastmilk provides all the energy and nutrients that the infant needs for the first months of life, and it continues to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to one third during the second year of life. Breastfed children perform better on intelligence tests, are less likely to be overweight or obese and less prone to diabetes later in life. Women who breastfeed also have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers.”

While the benefits of breastfeeding are clear to see, the reality is that the majority of new moms are struggling. In fact, research that was conducted by the UC Davis Medical Center suggests that 92 percent of mothers who were interviewed were having problems breastfeeding. Getting the baby to latch, experiencing pain while nursing, or not producing enough milk are just some of the issues that make it all too easy for moms wanting to give up on nursing.

A mom breastfeeding her baby in Chandler, Arizona.

A mother breastfeeding on the bed in Chandler, Arizona.

A breastfeeding image with family pet in Chandler, Arizona.

A mother breastfeeing her baby in rocking chair.

As a first-time momma there are so many things to learn and figure out. Researchers at UC Davis Medical Center speculate that moms may have misread their baby’s cues, mistaking fussiness for hunger, or thinking they were not getting enough milk when they were just doing fine. The biggest issue appeared to be the lack of access to a lactation counselor. The study found that only 34 percent of moms breastfed exclusively at day three while 47 percent had used formula and 21 percent stopped breastfeeding.

Having breastfed my daughter for a full year and knowing of the struggles that so many moms are experiencing, I am proud to be able to offer breastfeeding portraits as part of my newborn session. Though each mom and baby have a different path and I am a firm believer that it is not always straight or a matter of right or wrong when it comes to nourishing your little one, I think that bottle-feeding portraits are just as beautiful. To me it is important to capture the bond between you and your baby first and foremost and that you, as a new mom, know that it is okay to make a choice that is right for you and your baby! And just how beautiful are images of dad bottle-feeding his precious newborn?

A father bottle-feeding his baby.

A father botle-feeding his baby in the nursery.

A father burping his newborn baby.

Closeup photo of baby breastfeeding.

A mother bottle-feeding her newborn.

Detail of baby holding his father's finger.

Parents bottle-feeding their child.

A sibling bottle-feeding her baby sister.

*** I am offering maternity and newborn photography services in Arizona. I am located in Chandler, Arizona. If you like my work, please be sure to show your support by liking my page on Facebook and following me on Instagram Instagram. Thank you.***

 

 

 

  1. Stacey Brenner says:

    I love this post! Definitely agree that there’s no right or wrong say go feed your baby but I’m so glad I was able to breastfeed. Also getting these images captured is such a sweet memory to look back on.

  2. Stella says:

    I love how you capture the intimacy of breastfeeding. That’s such a unique connection between mom and baby and precious memories for sure.

    • Stephanie Honikel says:

      Thank you for your sweet message. I wish I had these moments captured when my daughter was little because I stuck with it for an entire year 😉

  3. Mandy says:

    I love this! With my first child I breastfed for 18 months before my body stopped producing, and then with my second child I was only able to breastfeed for 6 to 8 months. I constantly felt judged by others around me, despite seeing a lactation therapist, eating healthy, and doing everything I could within my power to try and produce more milk! I

    absolutely love reading your blog and everything you stand for as a human, mother, and professional!

    • Stephanie Honikel says:

      Thank you for sharing your own experience and for reading my post. I think a lot of moms feel like they’re a failure if they are not able to breastfeed or decide that breastfeeding isn’t for them. While there are so many benefits of breastfeeding, I think it’s a personal choice that every mom needs to make for herself regardless of what others think. I am glad you were able to breastfeed you two munchkins 😉

  4. Avanti says:

    Beautiful Post. Loved all your images. These pictures capture a beautiful moment.

  5. Christie says:

    Love this! As a mom who could not breastfeed I always appreciate when photographers showcase babies being bottle fed by their parents (or big siblings!) along with breastfed. Both are beautiful!

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