ABOUT THE FOUNDER

In 2014, Ghanaian-American mother and photographer, Vanessa Simmons authored the Normalize Breastfeeding™ movement to address the taboo of public breastfeeding in modern society. Her mission was to document diverse variations of normal infant feeding, across cultures and delivery methods of human milk. 

 

Through Simmons' viral blog, her photographic speaking tour, philanthropy, and artistic inspiration; she mobilized and motivated thousands of women to share their breastfeeding photos on social media. After a very successful first year, she reached out to the Mayor of San Diego to proclaim June 27th the International Day to Normalize Breastfeeding, in support of the worldwide anniversary event!

As a Certificd Lactation Educator Counselor and Certified Blactivist, Simmons is speaking at conferences and events to eliminate general miseducation around the topic. Simmons is a public speaker focused on transforming the modern mindset around the natural, yet difficult task of breastfeeding. Vanessa trains lactation professionals to better understand and connect with millennial families online. She creatively motivates and inspires families to be mindful that this is a time to be cherished, and although fleeting, it is also a time to reinvent what will be acceptable for feeding generations of the future. Vanessa is an aspiring author and resides with her supportive husband and three children in San Diego, CA.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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ANNA FORSBERG, DOULA

I signed up for a social media class trusting that I would get some practical skills on how to procure visuals for my business. And yes, I got those but what I didn't expect was for Vanessa to give me permission to envision an even bigger and better version of my business. After just an hour, I had an entirely transformed vision that I am still pretty in awe of. I highly recommend Vanessa's courses to any entrepreneur looking to push themselves to the next level. Or in my case, 10 levels!

SEKEITA LEWIS-JOHNSON, IBCLC

Thank you,

Vanessa Simmons!

What a blessing you are! I have gotten somewhat comfortable with some of the tools you suggested!

AS SEEN ON

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Press

 

2014

 

Huffington Post

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/normalize-breastfeeding-photography_n_5997540

 

2015

 

CBS Local

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/01/06/moms-unite-to-provide-breastmilk-for-baby-after-his-mothers-sudden-death/

 

Huffpost

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/international-day-to-normalize-breastfeeding_n_7688902

 

Totally Pop Culture

http://totallypopculture.com/moms-stage-nurse-in-at-the-today-show-after-hoda-kotbs-controversial-breastfeeding-comment/

 

Elite Daily

https://www.elitedaily.com/news/world/mother-launches-international-day-normalize-breastfeeding-photos/1098624

 

Madame Noire

https://madamenoire.com/570923/a-mothers-right-new-virginia-law-allows-public-breastfeeding/

 

Posh Seven

https://www.poshseven.com/free-to-feed.html


 

2016

 

Huffington Post

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/portraits-of-a-native-american-mom-breastfeeding-have-a-powerful-message_n_576ab037e4b065534f48706f

 

Vogue

https://www.vogue.com/article/breastfeeding-public-womens-rights-hong-kong-flash-mob-jefferson-memorial-active-duty


 

San Diego Free Press

https://sandiegofreepress.org/2016/08/black-breastfeeding/#.W_YfiRiIZ0o

 

Zumby

http://zumby.news/mamas-militares-amamantando-bebes/

 

Parent Herald

https://www.parentherald.com/articles/14971/20160106/military-moms-spark-online-outcry-posting-breastfeeding-photos-uniform.htm

 

Wink News

http://www.winknews.com/2016/06/27/mayor-promotes-normalization-with-day-for-public-breastfeeding/

 

Black Matters US

https://blackmattersus.com/14900-black-women-do-breastfeed/

 

Powwows

https://www.powwows.com/native-mom-featured-campaign-normalize-breastfeeding/

 

Parents

https://www.parents.com/baby/all-about-babies/this-deeply-personal-photo-series-celebrates-black-breastfeeding-week/

 

OB Rag

https://obrag.org/2016/05/is-it-socially-acceptable-to-breast-feed-in-public-yet/

 

Pop Sugar

https://www.popsugar.com/moms/Breastfeeding-Moms-Nurse-Military-Uniforms-41305662

 

Daily Mail

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3579783/Doing-duty-Active-duty-military-moms-breastfeed-uniform-Jefferson-Memorial-effort-normalize-breastfeeding-public.html


Cosmopolitan

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/news/a58533/breastfeeding-military-photo-project/


 

2017

 

Yahoo Español

https://es.vida-estilo.yahoo.com/mujeres-lactantes-furor-redes-sociales-slideshow-wp-104319325.html

 

Romper

https://www.romper.com/p/this-moms-breastfeeding-pumpkin-carving-is-resonating-with-so-many-moms-right-now-2968131

 

Rebel Circus

https://www.rebelcircus.com/blog/viral-photo-of-female-u-s-soldiers-breastfeeding-is-empowering-moms-everywhere/3/

 

Glamour

https://www.glamour.com/gallery/moms-prove-breastfeeding-can-be-done-anywhere

 

Huffington Post

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/virginia-public-breastfeeding-law_n_6721700

 

Romper

https://www.romper.com/p/this-moms-breastfeeding-pumpkin-carving-is-resonating-with-so-many-moms-right-now-2968131


 

2018

 

Huffpost/Yahoo Lifestyle

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gaps-new-ad-normalizing-breastfeeding-is-making-people-really-really-happy_n_5a96c833e4b07dffeb6eb21c

 

Mundiario

https://www.mundiario.com/content/print/¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬el-nuevo-anuncio-marca-gap-normalizar-lactancia-materna-haciendo-gente-muy-feliz/20180305085250115631

 

Prime World News

http://primeworldnews.com/2018/03/gaps-new-ad-normalizing-breastfeeding-is-making-people-really-really-happy/

 

Blasting News UK

https://uk.blastingnews.com/health/2018/03/why-is-breastfeeding-in-public-still-taboo-002406923.amp.html

 

Parents Magazine

https://www.parents.com/baby/all-about-babies/normalize-breastfeeding-now-has-its-own-day-of-recognition/#comments

 

AOL

https://www.aol.com/article/lifestyle/2018/02/26/gaps-new-ad-normalizing-breastfeeding-is-making-people-really-really-happy/23371530/

 

Man Repeller

https://www.manrepeller.com/2018/11/5-women-on-why-they-decided-to-breastfeed-or-not.html

 

WHYY

https://whyy.org/articles/to-promote-breastfeeding-among-women-of-color-philly-campaign-features-black-moms/

 

Yahoo News

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/gaps-new-ad-normalizing-breastfeeding-making-people-really-really-happy-185732278.html

 

UNC Health Talk

https://healthtalk.unchealthcare.org/the-racial-disparity-in-breastfeeding/

 

The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2018/aug/13/make-the-breast-pump-not-suck-how-women-are-redesigning-breastfeeding



 

2019

 

Sun News

https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/community/2019/06/27/local-moms-support-normalizing-breastfeeding/1584909001/