Breast is best.
Formula has more nutrients, formula is best.
I feel alive when nursing.
I feel free when bottle-feeding.
I love my baby more than anything, including when I am breastfeeding.
I love my baby more than anything, including when I am bottle-feeding.
If you are mother you decided how to feed your baby. You weighed the pros and cons of each, and chose a path. Maybe you chose to use multiple methods to feed your child. Or maybe, your doctor informed you that tube-feeding or formula feeding was medically necessary and in that case, you did not have a choice to make.
In any case, can I make an assumption about you?
I bet you love your baby.
I bet you have spent hours of every day snuggling your baby.
I bet you have spent hours kissing your baby.
I bet you have spent hours holding their tiny hands and admiring their precious toes.
I am willing to bet the method of feeding you used did not impact how well you bonded with your baby, nor is it responsible for your baby growing so very in love with you!
I know this because I am a mom. I nursed my second baby for 18 months, and the first for 6 months. I pumped with both, and used bottles with both. I used formula with one. Both are beautiful, healthy, smart little girls who have a joy and a zest for life. Both are absolutely glued to my hip 99% of the time. I see my niece who was formula fed, who loves her mom with all her might (the feeling is mutual). I see my friend whose child was tube-fed, and guess what? They are incredibly in love!
I decided to make a photo series shows the “radical” notion that all the ways we feed our babies are filled with the nurturing love that is found deep within a mother.
United We Feed was started in April at my studio in North Wales, PA. I invited bottle-feeding, breastfeeding, and tube-feeding moms in for a photo session. I was not sure who would come. I was not sure how people would react, but I knew that it was a topic that was discussed ad nauseum on-line, at mommy groups, and between family and friends around the world. I see it and hear it every single day, and I find myself reassuring my strong and beautiful friends, family, and clients. I find myself pointing out to them just how beautifully bonded they are to their child. I find myself reminding them that they are strong, and that they are awesome at this thing we call motherhood.
United We Feed has been talked about worldwide, here in the states in newspapers, the local news and The Huffington Post. It’s been featured in Australia, Japan, Nigeria, Austria, Germany, and so many more places. The feedback has been strong, a resounding chorus of “YES!”.
United We Feed…..bottles, breasts, tubes, none of that matters.
United We Feed…..honoring mothers and the choices they make to nourish and love their children.
United We Feed….respecting women and their choices in the USA and abroad.
We are currently working hard to expand United We Feed- to represent more feeding methods, and many, many backgrounds and cultures. If you are interested in having Caitlin photograph you and your baby, please visit her website for more information.
-Caitlin Domanico is a regional photographer for A Beautiful Body Project based in the Philadelphia, PA area.
A Beautiful Body Project is dedicated to sharing truthful stories of people and their bodies in order to build self-esteem and unite people around the world to see each other’s physical and emotional beauty.
Please consider donating to our non-profit to keep this work growing around the world! The book The Bodies Of Mothers is a fabulous gift to give people!