Full Moon Breastfeeding Photos Capture Beauty of Motherhood
Women are intimately connected to the moon. There is a synchronous relationship between the lunar cycle and the menstrual cycle. In Native American cultures, women separate themselves from their tribe during menstruation, and join together with other women in a “moon lodge” to collectively tap into their feminine and lunar energy.
More and more women are following sacred traditions and gathering together during full moons. The intention is to connect authentically and to collectively harness the power of the full moon. On March 2nd, fourteen beautiful women did precisely just that at Kawana beach on the sunny coast of Australia.
Photographer Trina Cary coordinated a magical full moon breastfeeding photo shoot with fourteen mothers and their babies of varying ages on the beach. The session was intended to capture the beauty of breastfeeding underneath the moonlight sky.
The women, some friends and some strangers, participated in the beautiful photo shoot. Toward the end of the photo shoot, one woman requested to get a few shots with her clothes off. One-by-one, the women began taking off their clothes, running, nursing, and delighting in this shared experience. Cary, who embraces nudity, captured the moment.
“I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face. I just love it when strangers come together and support each other’s journeys and bodies,” she wrote on her website. “The whole evening was oozing with empowerment, support and love.”
Cary, who is also a doula, wants women to celebrate their post-baby bodies.
“I want the women in this world to come together. I want to create a powerful, raw, open and loving community in my photography. If I can help women learn to love their stretch marks, extra skin, lumps and bumps, I will!” Cary told Love What Matters. “We are all beautiful in our own way and we need to stop comparing ourselves to one another. We are all unique and that’s okay. What’s important is that we support and encourage each other to see the beauty inside ourselves.”
Many of the women shared that they came to the photoshoot to celebrate overcoming their struggles with breastfeeding.
Belinda Dorman, a participant in the shoot, shared, “This meant so much to me and I am quite a determined person. I hadn’t let the other phases of my motherhood journey deter me — an ectopic pregnancy, fertility treatment, birthing my big baby boy vaginally and drug-free like I prepared for and wanted to. So, you can imagine I would definitely be keen to celebrate my body and breastfeeding my child when I heard Trina Cary Photography was hosting a full moon breastfeeding photo shoot!”
“Though the moon never made an appearance,” Cary wrote, “we had stunningly dramatic clouds to work with and the smiles and laughter emitted so much positive energy I couldn’t stop smiling the entire 2.5 hours.”
Credits: Trina Cary Photography
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