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You may be familiar with the cradle or football hold for breastfeeding, but have you ever seen someone nurse while working out? How about on the operating table?
The Breastfeeding Project, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing breastfeeding education and support to women in the Central Florida area and throughout the nation, has collected a series of "Extreme Nursing" images on their site.
Here is a look at the nursing pictures they've compiled thus far, which range from sweet to unusual, touching to tear-jerking:
Sit up for let down
Snack time on the go
White water rafting break
Suck it, cancer!
"I was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2010. I immediately had two brain surgeries in the following weeks. Working with the Lactation Consultants at the hospital, I was able to breastfeed my eighteen-month-old daughter through both surgeries and treatment. Nearly two now, we still have a healthy breastfeeding relationship!"
Multi-tasking tandem feeding
On the ferry
Mom's gotta go!
Thanks for the footrest.
"Here is a picture of me breastfeeding my fourth child during my c-section. I was still cut open on the operating table! They were in the process of stapling me back together. I demanded that I feed my daughter as soon as she took her first breath. They handed her to me and my husband within three minutes. It was amazing. Let your voice be heard - you do not have to wait to go into the recovery room to feed your newborn."
I spoke with The Breastfeeding Project about why they decided an "Extreme Nursing" photo gallery was a good addition to their page, and they explained:
The idea behind the extreme breastfeeding gallery was just to generate some excitement about breastfeeding and to have fun. We all had pictures of ourselves breastfeeding in funny or silly locations and we had all experienced the "breastfeeding gymnastics" that goes with breastfeeding a toddler.
We ran a competition in December 2011 where moms sent us their extreme breastfeeding pictures and then we had our fans vote for their favorite on Facebook. "Suck it Cancer" was the winner. We are planning to run a second competition this fall.
For more from The Breastfeeding project, including a look at the breastfeeding bags they're currently working on distributing to new moms, check out their web site and Facebook page.
I'm bowled over by the photo of the woman doing the 'plank' pose while breastfeeding, and the cancer photo had tears brimming in my eyes. While others are less 'extreme' and a few are just plain sweet, I'm a big fan of this gallery because as a new mom I was painfully shy about breastfeeding.
I wish I'd had more confidence to nurse whenever, wherever my child needed, rather than feeling confined to home or stressing out over having a place to hide should we be out in public. In hindsight, it seems sort of silly how uptight I felt about breastfeeding, but I really didn't know any better or see anyone doing it differently.
Photos shared with permission from The Breastfeeding Project
This post was originally published in June, 2013.
Opinions expressed by parent contributors are their own.