An image of a bride breastfeeding her unsettled baby during her wedding ceremony has prompted an outpouring of support – and similar images – from other mums nursing during their nuptials. These hungry babies certainly weren’t willing to forever hold their peace!
Babies get hungry at the most inopportune times, but what about when you’re at the altar about to exchange wedding vows? Canadian mum Christina Torino-Benton says she simply did what she had to do when her nine-month-old daughter needed feeding during her wedding ceremony.
The mum of two explains to Today Parents that once she started feeding Gemma, calm returned to the church service, “I was pretty stressed out thinking about her being so upset. I was happy to take her and I was able to calm her down. I was feeling pretty proud of myself.”
And as for breastfeeding while donning a wedding gown? “It felt pretty normal, nothing too out of the usual for me, except for I was wearing a 50-pound dress. I was very fortunate I was able to manoeuvre myself out of it without too much struggle.”
Her wedding photographer, Lana Nimmons managed to snap the precious moment, and Christina then posted the image to the Breastfeeding Mama Talk Facebook page. It’s since prompted dozens of other breastfeeding brides to upload their nursing nuptials images.
“This is during our bridal party photos, our little man 5 months at the time decided he was hungry. The photographer took this photo and I love how natural it looks.” Zania Wenham
“Ten minutes before I walked down the aisle! It’s one of my favorite photos from the day! We were on the way to him weaning so this was the last time we nursed and it’s been just over a week now. I will always treasure this picture.” Jade Wolfe
“This was on my wedding day, during the reception. He still loves to breastfeed at eight months as much as he did as a newborn. Wouldn’t change this for anything.” Danielle Shab
“This is my five-month-old daughter… at our wedding.” Danielle Turner Pragle
What incredibly moving images, demonstrating an unbreakable bond between mums and their bubs. We have a huge archive of uplifting breastfeeding stories, information and products – be sure to take a browse.
(Images courtesy of Lana Nimmons, Zania Wenham, Jade Wolfe, Danielle Shab and Danielle Turner Pragle)