Hi, my name is Vanessa Simmons. I want to personally welcome you to this breastfeeding news, photography, and support blog – NormalizeBreastfeeding.org.
I am a Ghanaian-American woman, wife, mother of three breastfed children, and a Professional Photographer at Candid Perspective Photography, in San Diego, CA.
This is me and my son who I exclusively breastfed for 14 months. He is still nursing at 2.5 years old.
Yep, breastfeeding did that! I am NOT a statistic!!
A movement uniting all moms of all feeding styles to normalize breastfeeding and remove the taboo from modern society.
To document diverse variations of normal breastfeeding, across cultures and delivery methods of breast milk.
Featured on Black Women Do Breastfeed Facebook Page
This photo project was created during the first week of June 2014 and I waited almost 4 weeks to start invited people to like it because I knew I wanted to use my photography to share my views about how normal breastfeeding is, but I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to do it. This editorial breastfeeding image was from a short session with a close friend. My image was featured of on several Facebook breastfeeding pages pages where it stirred up quite a bit of discussion. The whole thing has snowballed since then, while my personal project has really taken a back seat to the amazing things that are happening everyday in our breastfeeding world. Moms are sharing their breastfeeding stories to encourage one another, pictures of themselves breastfeeding at home and in public, and they’re asking each other questions and seeking out support… and every once in awhile – I share my breastfeeding photography as well.
I started this project because I know that society’s views of breastfeeding all around the world are different and I want to travel and document the reality of breastfeeding needing to be normalized because it is a REAL CAUSE! I stand out because of my own story of struggle to get to this point.
Vanessa A. Simmons, Photographer