Today, Natural Birth and Beyond hosted a breastfeeding picnic in Farnham’s Gostrey Meadows. The event was arranged by Wendy Wood from Relax For Birth, and saw a group of around 50 mothers and nurslings join together to celebrate the beauty of breastfeeding in honour of the UK’s National Breastfeeding Awareness Week.
The best thing about a breastfeeding meetup is that by it’s very nature, it’s a peaceful event, filled with smiley, happy mamas and babies.
At the Breast Debate I went to last week, one of the things that was mentioned was that we don’t see enough breastfeeding in public. I mentioned that it’s more likely that we don’t know when we’re seeing a mother feed her child. Here’s what I meant:
Would you have known this mama was nursing if I didn’t tell you?
One of the things I really love about breastfeeding is that it is as unique to each nursing dyad as the people in it. Looking around the picnic today, I saw some mums really nicely covered up:
I saw mamas comfortable with their company and their bodies:
I saw mamas comfortable in their layers,
And mamas comfortable without:
I saw mamas getting comfy:
And relaxed and smiling:
There were people chatting:
And tending their babies,
Celebrating the freedom, and the right, that we have to feed our nurselings wherever we have a legal right to be.
Mothers, being mothers, relaxing on a glorious sunny day,
Doing our bit to normalise breastfeeding for the people that walked by, smiling at all the babies, and for the next generation
All the while, just being mamas, sharing a picnic lunch.
*if you see a picture of yourself here you’d like removed, please let me know!
See more pictures:
- From the Perth Nurse In
- From Farnham Big Latch On 2012
- From 2012’s Breastfeeding picnic
- From the Paddington Breastfeeding Flash Mob
For more from Keep Britain Breastfeeding read these blog posts:
The Mummy Adventure
Smiling Like Sunshine
Simply Hayley Hayley
The Secret Life of Kate
Respectable Breast Spectable
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Farnham Natural Birth And Beyond Breastfeeding Picnic
this post was lovely!
i plan to breastfeed until my girl tells me stop 🙂
Thanks Jodie! It was a lovely day! Well done for being baby led in your choices!
I was just thinking if I walked past I’d be the daft woman who came over said how nice it was to see so many breastfeeding Mums, without cottoning on to it being a public meeting 😀
Lol! I hear you Jenny! I’d probably walk over and ask if I could join! 🙂