"my only choice was to become a exclusively pumping mama, nothing was going to stop me.."

"my only choice was to become a exclusively pumping mama, nothing was going to stop me.."

Pumping, something not talked about enough and something that has been my saving grace and over time I have come to accept it as my own journey.

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"I'm so happy I got to bond with Louie this way, even if it didn't last long."

Louie was born with a birth defect where for a long time his oesophagus didn't attach to his stomach, it ended in a blind pouch which would overfill with saliva and had to be continuously suctioned out so it wouldn't spill over down into his lungs and choke him. This meant he couldn't be breast fed.

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"It's the light easy act of being grateful to serve that I crave from day to day, night by night."

I'm not sure for how much longer our nursing journey will last, but day by day (and night) I'm surrendering to the (milk) flow and am soothing my restlessness when it comes with service-hearted mantras and reminders that all of this - this fleeting time of caring for our small babes - is just a fraction of our life in general.

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"Most days my body is not my own. It's used to comfort and sustain others."

...look at what my body can do! It's growing a 35 week old baby on the inside and nursing a 21 month old on the outside. I'm proud of it. When my mind tries to taunt me with self loathing thoughts I go back to the simple truth that I am not my body.

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"All the "cover up, go to the bathroom to do that," or harassment in general - I heard too many horror stories and I projected those stories onto my own story."

"All the "cover up, go to the bathroom to do that," or harassment in general - I heard too many horror stories and I projected those stories onto my own story."

He snorts like the most adorable pig every when he's rooting, gets the best little smushy face once he's latched, uses my boob for a pillow when he's done, then lolls back and gives me sleepy little milk drunk smiles.

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"For more than a million years mothers have held their infants close..."

"For more than a million years mothers have held their infants close..."

We live in a fast paced, goal directed, multitask oriented world, but our limbic system, that part of the brain which governs emotions and responds positively to the chemicals released by loving touch, remains as ancient as cave images uncovered by anthropologists. 

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Natalie says, 'our bodies are phenomenal and should be respected, nurtured and loved.'

Natalie says, 'our bodies are phenomenal and should be respected, nurtured and loved.'

We chat to Natalie about the life giving power of nature, her love/hate relationship with technology, the spiritual awakening that is motherhood, her love for Australia and living with gratitude.

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"...it's important for mothers to not feel shame over this beautiful, natural, bonding act."

"...it's important for mothers to not feel shame over this beautiful, natural, bonding act."

Breastfeeding is life changing. I love that I get to nourish my little one with no outside sources. It's empowering. And I feel that it's important for mothers to not feel shame over this beautiful, natural, bonding act. 

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"[I feel] somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I've done in the name of art..?"

"[I feel] somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I've done in the name of art..?"

I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I've done in the name of art..?

The world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on tv...why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding?

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"I have chosen to embrace every second of being able to breastfeed my baby and don't cover up anymore"

"I have chosen to embrace every second of being able to breastfeed my baby and don't cover up anymore"

I would never have posted a photo of me breast feeding Poppy, I was I guess, shy and even used to use a muslin wrap, not to cover her but to cover me.

This time around I literally don't care, it's the most normal, beautiful, healthy thing you can do for your baby AND living in Bali it's freaking HOT 🔥

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The humble roots of the #treeoflife breastfeeding movement

The humble roots of the #treeoflife breastfeeding movement

When Californian new mom Cassandra stayed up all night editing over 400 breastfeeding photo's, she had no idea of the viral trend she would wake up to the next day.  

Over half a million women have flooded the internet with their #treeoflife breastfeeding photographs, in a grassroots movement that started with real people working to normalize what's normal.

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"It forces me to dive deeper in moments when I don't think I can give anymore"

Barely even ten minutes old, she crawled to my breast, latched, and began to nurse. Breastfeeding is easily the most taxing, time consuming, emotional way I have ever connected with and given myself to another person. 

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Breastfeeding tree of life art goes viral #normalizebreastfeeding & create your own!

Breastfeeding tree of life art goes viral #normalizebreastfeeding & create your own!

Women have taken to social media in a viral campaign to normalize breastfeeding, posting beautifully edited images of themselves nursing. 

The colourful trend is dominating the #normalizebreastfeeding hashtag, and bringing together a community of women in solidarity.

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Nestle and Heinz violate breastfeeding laws in India

Nestle and Heinz violate breastfeeding laws in India

...more than half of the 950 mothers who had delivered in a private hospital were given formula milk. Some of these mothers were unaware of the dangers and had no knowledge of the policies in place.

Top violators included popular brands such as Nestle and Heinz - who have violated provisions on more than one occasion and still continue to mislead mothers through various delusive tactics.

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