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Self-weaning

Karoliina is a breastfeeding champ. She not only breastfeeds her two and a half year old daughter Isabella but is a also giving support and advice to breastfeeding mothers. She wants to breastfeed until Isabella weans by herself, which yes, is exactly what happens when children are given time. We are told, erroneously, that the longer we breastfeed the harder it will be to wean. There is this notion that breastfeeding is something that mothers need to stop at some point (and that point seems to be somewhere between 6 and 12 months of baby’s age). Where in fact, it’s a natural relationship, something that evolves over time. It’s something that children naturally grow out of, they just need time. Kellymom has a great compilation of articles on self-weaning here.

A small slice of life of this beautiful, calm family. Quiet afternoon, playing games, roughhousing and (trying) to get Isabella to nap. Oh, the whole time we were followed by cameraman and a wonderful journalist. This shoot will be a part of a documentary TV series on breastfeeding in Finland! How awesome is that?

This session is a part of my personal photography project “Milk for Toddlers”.

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, or Lahti, Finland. (But please contact if you live near Wroclaw, Poland, I will be probably visiting this year and might be able to schedule a session or two).

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.

Thank you!

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