When I started this project in June 2014, I had no idea the type of impact it would have on so many families around the world. I was asked very early on if we had local chapters for mothers to find support. At the time we did not, however, it was something so necessary yet also possible through social media outlets. Many of our followers were inquiring about starting a chapter to help support other families, locally. Two years later, these admins and community leaders have not only supported breastfeeding in their local area, but they have also either hosted me in their home or helped to coordinate the Normalize Breastfeeding Tour in their local area! This is incredibly significant to the diversity that has been displayed in the project, across cultures and delivery methods of breast milk — and THAT was the goal. I can only photograph so many San Diegans here before all of the images begin to look alike. I am so grateful for these leaders and admins because they have helped me to stay true to my mission and vision of the project. Because of their hard work and dedication they have helped this project to reach and support more than 50,000 followers across all social media, groups, and email service platforms. “Amazing,” doesn’t even come close to how this makes me feel. I have poured my life in to this project so it has been wonderful to witness the support of my story, my art, and my efforts to support breastfeeding families, which has inspired every aspect of this project.
While the Normalize Breastfeeding Tour is primarily funded by its participants – or the mothers purchasing a photo package, we recently were able to seek out funding for our most recent tour stop. I’ll be honest, the funding just made this tour stop so much easier to manage. We didn’t have to worry about hitting certain minimum goals to cover the tour expenses. The mamas involved were also given more opportunities to attend additional events throughout the course of the weekend. If this tour was able to receive funding like that for future stops it would make the process easier. That is our hope for 2017 to help reach international countries as well. Find out more about how you can get involved to plan a tour stop in your city!
I just want to send a special T H A N K Y O U out to A L L of our admins (even those not pictured below) for their support of breastfeeding in their local communities. I also want to highlight these #NBFmamas who I have personally photographed because they either helped to organize their local #NBFtour or they hosted me to stay in their home while I was in town! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. <3
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“I am a Northern Virginia mother of two boys, ages 3 ½ and 2, who are both currently nursing. My breastfeeding journey began just about as well as it could; my mother (who works in Labor & Delivery and is knowledgeable about breastfeeding) stayed with me for the first two weeks after my first son was born and helped with moral and technical support. I found my first breastfeeding support community when my oldest was about 6 months old; they discussed delaying solids with moms at a library story time session, and one of the moms recommended I attend the local La Leche League meetings. My journey quickly included pregnant and tandem nursing, as I became pregnant with my second when my youngest was 7 months old. My milk supply fell and I sought out donor milk while still continuing to nurse my oldest throughout the pregnancy. After my second son was born, I started tandem nursing successfully and haven’t looked back. I “fell into” breastfeeding activism after enduring demands to cover up or leave while nursing my children at my (former) gym facility when my youngest was only 7 weeks old. I was a key part of the grassroots effort to pass Virginia’s 2015 “Right to Breastfeed” legislation and gave my testimony at the capitol while breastfeeding. I gained international acclaim for organizing the Nurse-In at the Today Show and working with Normalize Breastfeeding to broadcast it live. My breastfeeding journey has been empowering not only for myself and my children, but to moms who benefit from my hard work and perseverance.” -Jill
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This mama was gracious to offer to host me in her home after registering to participate and helping us with printing our new t-shirts! Unfortunately, neither of our admins (Brittney & Sara), from this location were available to participate on that date.
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S P E C I A L T H A N K S goes out to Abby, The Badass Breastfeeder, who not only supported the tour as a promoter, but also participated, sponsored two participants through her personal blog, hosted me in her home, featured the photos on her blog and even shared every mama’s story to all of her social media outlets! You ROCK mama!
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