Today, Natural Birth and Beyond hosted a breastfeeding awareness week 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
*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
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