August 1-7th is Breastfeeding week, and honestly I did not know this until a few weeks ago. But nonetheless it’s an awesome thing to celebrate. There is almost nothing more rewarding than bonding with your child and nourishing them at the same time.
When I had my daughter it felt like I was back at work in no time. Maternity leave simply did not last long enough. Not only was I back to work in no time, but the amount of breastfeeding I could do was dwindling. It was a new job and taking time outs to pump was just not an option. That was unfortunate for me and my newborn but fortunately for moms now there are laws protecting us as employees and moms here is an excerpt from the Department of Labor:
“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148, known as the “Affordable Care Act”) amended section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to require employers to provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.” Employers are also required to provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.” See 29 U.S.C. 207(r). The break time requirement became effective when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010.”
View FAQs from the site here: http://www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers/faqBTNM.htm
Last Friday (July 31st) I had the chance to meet Victoria and her son Kaydence who isn’t even a full month old yet. We did a nursing photography session in her home so we could have some images to share along with others in World Breastfeeding week. Victoria is a Columbus, Georgia native and a first time mom, but she is already a pro. It’s so amazing to watch how careful and a sweet mom can be with their child. With so much negativity and wrong doing that we often see children go through its awesome to see parents who know how blessed they to be chosen to bring life into the world and know it’s their job to protect and nurture this life. These are just two images from our session, but to view the gallery with a few more please visit www.o-shootphotography.com