Standing in front of the mirror, right after a shower, seeing your every imperfection staring back at you from the fog covered glass. We’ve all done this. Just stood there wishing we could change this and that. Our bodies do so much for us and demonstrate immeasurable strength. Yet we spend so much time thinking about how we can look better, rather than celebrating who we are. While there are often outside pressures from media and other women, we tend to be our own harshest critics.
Photographer Natalie McCain started The Honest Body Project to help women celebrate their bodies for what they are and learn to love themselves. The project is a series of photos accompanied by quotes from the subjects about their bodies and body image.
One of the series she includes in the project is focused on the normalization of breastfeeding, specifically full term nursing. She uses this series to try and assure people that women don’t nurse to feel superior, to get attention or for accolades, it’s just nursing. It’s just feeding our children. It is as simple as that.
Natalie aptly named the series “We are not “still” nursing, we are just nursing.” in hopes that she could break down a few walls of judgment towards moms who continue nursing their children past 12 months.
She masterfully captures natural moments between mothers and their nurslings that allows others a glimpse into what that relationship is like. Her simplistic approach to the photos ensures the focus is on the moments of comfort, bonding, feeding and even some toddler silliness.
The stories the women share highlight why a project like this is needed, the misconceptions and judgment they have faced in their own journeys.
Normalizing breastfeeding is important because no parent should feel ashamed or judged about how they are nourishing their child.
This series turned out so beautifully. If you’d like to see more of the photos and read the stories vist The Honest Body Project