Pumping Is Beautiful
I immerse myself in breastfeeding culture, I love everything about breastfeeding. It’s beautiful, natural, miraculous. I love breastfeeding art and pictures, viewing them fills me with joy. My newsfeed is always full of photos of birth and breastfeeding posted by breastfeeding celebration pages and photographers. I’m a huge advocate of normalising breastfeeding through the sharing of such images. But you never see photos of expressing. The only ones I ever see on Google search results or Pinterest are cartoon images, or shots taken to advertise breast pumps or bras. There’s more to pumping than looking like clip art or selling equipment.
I’m sad that the only breastfeeding photographs I have are ones of the first few days. Moo wasn’t latched right, I’m very ill, I barely remember. I’ll never have the stunning photoshoot, the arty black and white shots, the poses with gorgeous nature as the back drop. But there’s no reason I can’t have expressing photos. It’s such a huge part of my life that it seems ridiculous not to have images documenting it.