One Photographer Aims to Take the Shame Out of Bottle Feeding

One mom tries to show the world that while breast might be best, bottles are beautiful too

As a photographer, Nikke Whitman’s goal is to capture slices in time, photographing maternity, birth, childhood and families. Her favourite moments are when she captures newborns breastfeeding for the first time. But after learning that some women felt ashamed because they bottle-fed their babies instead, Nikke set out to show that there’s nothing wrong with providing for your baby whatever way you can.

“Some women in shame pick up that bottle to nourish their child with the fear of being judged,” Nikke writes on her blog. “This is not okay. Feeding your newborn should never feel shameful!”

A mom herself, Nikke felt it important that moms everywhere be united in their journey to raise and love their children.

In her photo series called “Bottle Feeding is Beautiful Too,” Nikke captures moments between babies, mothers and siblings to show that whatever way you feed your baby, it’s perfect.

Nikke explains that many of the women photographed had no choice but to bottle-feed. Factors like masectomies, low supply, insufficient gland tissues (IGT), low pain tolerance, adoption, hectic work schedules or just personal preference all lead these mothers to bottle-feed.

Keep scrolling to the rest of our favoutie images from Nikke's series. 

 

 

 

  

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