Thanks to everyone that participated in the mini photo session giveaway! I used this handy random name generator to pick out my winner! Winner has the choice of a sunrise or sunset beach session at Broward county location: engagement, maternity, family, nursing. Marisabel Please check your e-mail to claim your session!
If you read my previous entry, you know August is breastfeeding awareness month and my Facebook page was updated daily with gorgeous mamas and their nursing babies for the week. I am so thankful to have been part of #PBAP2014 (Public breastfeeding awareness project) and the positive impact it made in our community, online and across the country. I want to give something back for the great support from my followers or to anyone else that would like to know what Lilyta Photography is about! Summer will be over before we know it, so I'm doing a summer beach mini session giveaway! Winner can choose a family, maternity, nursing, or engagement session.
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World breastfeeding week may be over, but August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. The breastfeeding campaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hopes to empower women to commit to breastfeeding by showing evidence and research showing that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses, and may be less likely to develop childhood obesity. Not only are babies getting extra cuddle time with their mom, but the health benefits are immeasurable! Check out this very informative infographic that Michelle, registered dietician at Go Wellness put together. Follow her facebook page, she has great nutritional advice, encouragement and awesome recipes that are taste tested by her own kids.
I'm happy to feature my next group of mamas that participated in the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project. I'm still going through more photos, but already excited about next year!
I met Beth at the Hollywood beach (Florida) broadwalk. Her baby is only 2 weeks younger than my daughter. I first met Beth a few years ago at the park when our oldest children were still toddlers and trying to master the "big" slide. I bumped into Beth a few weeks ago while I was photographing another model for the project, told her about it and recruited her right there! I was thrilled she wanted to join the cause. And the photos speak for themselves.
So what kind of an advocate would I be if I didn't share some of my own nursing photos? Downtown Hollywood has a cool little area where local artists paint murals. I stopped by to look at a couple of them after lunch one afternoon. How cool is this mermaid?
If I was able to educate anyone on the topic of breastfeeding or encourage someone then I've completed my mission with this project #PNAP2014 Many thanks to Leilani Rogers for allowing us to help her with this cause! I'd like to hear from you if you've had any positive/negative experiences nursing in public. I've enjoyed so much capturing these quiet sweet moments that I will now be offering nursing sessions throughout the year. Please e-mail for more information.
As a mother and advocate, I understand the struggles women go through to get to the point where they feel confident in the way they are caring for their children. Breastfeeding can be very challenging (both physical and emotional), and without the proper support some women give up. I remember being a first time mom and being scared to nurse in public. It's important to show support to moms wanting to comfort and feed their baby no matter where they are. Unfortunately society has sexualized many things, and something as natural and beautiful as breastfeeding has been frowned down upon at some businesses. About 80 photographer in the country have joined together to capture images we want the world to see in hopes to normalize breastfeeding through real life photographs. Some parents choose to bottle feed/formula feed, and that's ok too. The goal this past week was to celebrate the women that have overcome their fears of public breastfeeding and feel free to nourish and comfort their children no matter where they are. Our Creator designed breasts for a very specific reason! Leilani Rogers, a wonderful birth and lifestyle photographer in Austin, Texas organized the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project. Here is a list of all participating photographers. Be sure to check out their work too!
It's been a true privilege to be part of this great project and the support has been immense! I'm very thankful to Leilani Rogers for creating this project, the lovely participants, local photographers for their motivation, and my hubby for taking a few extra baby duty "shifts" so that I can spend the extra time creating these images!
Here are the first set of mamas I'd like to feature! Check back with another blog post for more images.
The image below belongs to Leilani Rogers for #pbap2014
Lily at Lilyta Photography