When I started my Milk for Toddlers project it was because I believed it can make a positive difference in someone’s life. Maybe someone will breastfeed for a little bit longer. Maybe someone will stop hiding. Maybe someone will see the beauty in breastfeeding an older child. And then I got a message from that someone who has stumbled upon my blog:
I’ve just been through a few of your blog posts and was very moved by the post on Nienke and what you wrote. My son is 2 years and 2 months, and just about 2 weeks ago i finally stopped breastfeeding him, not because i wanted to, but because I felt like I was doing more harm than good by continuing to nurse. He is very dependent on me, very needy and fussy as well. I wondered if my nursing him so long has had a part in that? And also, other people (and society) do say that it’s been long enough and that it is time to stop, so that is also partly why I “think” I had to stop. I miss it very much and he does still ask for “booby” almost daily. Your words have given me hope that maybe i should go with what i feel is right and continue to nurse him. Thank you so much for that! I am really enjoying your images and photo projects, as they are from your heart and have much meaning.
This is a self-potrait by very talented visual storyteller Ashley.
Are you breastfeeding a toddler/ preschooler? Tandem breastfeeding?
I would love you to be a part of this project!
I am making a collection of breastfeeding images which I hope will help normalize breastfeeding children beyond the first year.
Things to consider:
You will need to live in or around Helsinki, Finland or Wroclaw, Poland.
The complete project will be made public on the internet and potentially in other mediums. So this means you will need to sign a model release stating you are OK with this. Mothers who take part in the project will receive a photograph of their nursing relationship.
If you are not a nursing mother but know someone who is – please pass this on!
If you would like to take part please contact me at karolina@halituli. com with the subject title Milk for Toddlers.