The Bodies Of Mothers: Mèxico.

5 Posted by - August 30, 2015 - Birth, Breast Feeding, Motherhood, Self-Love
A Beautiful Body Project | Jade Beall

Nicole by Jade Beall

I had the blessing of growing up in a small village that you can only access by boat on the Pacific coast of central Mèxcio, you could assume I have a deep love affair with this place and you would be correct.  I left when I was 13 to study in the USA.  I return here as often as I can to visit my beautiful mother, one of my biggest inspirations and sheros who still lives on a hillside in a brick home she built with her very own hands.

My mom (who breastfed me until I was 5) surprised me with tickets to come visit with my son and we got here 3 days ago.  I decided this time to bring my favorite Nikon, my prime 1.4 50mm and my beloved cordless B1 light and Elianchrom octabox and search for some mothers to highlight.  I realized that this was the time to begin a photo and story series on Mexican mothers that I have been wanting to do for over 2 years, specifically of breastfeeding mothers as the percentage of breastfeeding mothers in Mèxico is among the lowest in all of Latin America.  A few years ago Mexico tried to do a breastfeeding campaign that failed to inspire most mothers (I received hundreds or emails from upset Mexican mothers about the subject).  I would love to create an empowering series with an everyday goddess approach of Mexican breastfeeding women.  Nicole was the first (of what I hope to be thousands!) to invite me into her home and stand before my lens.

When I asked her to stand in front of her laundry line, she laughed and said something about how out of all the places I picked her messy laundry area?  But as I searched her home for other places to shoot, she peacefully stood in front of her laundry line quietly breastfeeding her 8 week old second son that she had birthed unassisted in her home with her husband and her toddler and I discreetly wiped away tears that mixed with my sweat because she looked like Virgen De Guapalupe and I was profoundly moved.  I would encourage all of you to follow this beautiful mama, a rad birth advocate, on Instagram: @bfloinmexico and @uliseslguerrerophotography

Nicole by Jade Beall

Nicole by Jade Beall

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Nicole by Jade Beall

Nicole by Jade Beall

Nicole by Jade Beall

Nicole by Jade Beall

Nicole by Jade Beall

Nicole by Jade Beall

Nicole by Jade Beall

Nicole by Jade Beall

Nicole by Jade Beall

Nicole by Jade Beall

Nicole by Jade Beall

Nicole by Jade Beall

Nicole by Jade Beall

 

 

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