Last spring, I was asked for the use of one of my photographs (found here, it's the companion to this, which might be my favorite photo ever) by Baby Milk Action, a UK breastfeeding organization. Being an issue that is near and dear to my heart (um, literally), I was honored to be asked, and more than happy to share the photograph. The photograph became one in a set of 6 postcards that all portray breastfeeing in light, and humorous ways. The postcards are available for purchase as mixed sets or single sets, with all the proceeds going towards Baby Milk Action - a non-profit organization that works globally to protect women and babies from 'irresponsible marketing'. (Visit their site, or here for more information about what that means if it's unfamiliar to you).
And as these things take some time, it was just this week that the postcards arrived here, surprising me. The photo now seems so long ago, and Adelaide seems so wee. Those tiny sweet fingers of hers, grasping on, I can remember the feeling of nursing her then and at that age. We're still nursing now, but we've moved onto the acrobatic nursing stage - interesting and sweet in it's own way, but different from the 'baby' I remember cradling and nursing in my arms just one year ago. I know that for many reasons, breastfeeding isn't always easy or possible in every situation, and I try to be sensitive to that. But, speaking for my own life, I am soo grateful for the gift of breastfeeding. Those moments of utter peace - of sitting still - and of complete connection - those have been - and always will be - some of the happiest and most peaceful moments of my life.