New mom Jacque Hines worked hard to try and feed her daughter directly from her breast, but the baby would not latch properly. After a 15-week struggle, Hines thought that if she wanted to get her daughter "the good stuff," she'd need to start breast pumping.
But in the competitive Mom Wars of social media, Hines felt left out by those gorgeously posed breastfeeding photos all over Facebook and Instagram.
So, Hines wanted to give pumping moms something to celebrate.
"I wanted to have the same kind of beautiful tribute for me and my baby, and to show other women that in the midst of pumping, when it's chaotic and your breasts are engorged ... there's beauty to that," she told Redboook.
This is for the mom who always dreamed of nursing but couldn’t.
This is for the mom who’s feeling like 10 min connected to the pump is an eternity.
This is for the mom on a first name bases with the lactation clinic staff.
This is for the mom who feels like she can’t leave the house because by the time she pumps, showers, changes the baby, feeds the baby, and takes the dogs out; its time to pump again.
This is for the mom setting midnight and 4am alarms to pump.
This is for the mom who didn’t know she had a blister on her nipple, now frantically googling if she can give her baby milk that has blood in it.
This is for the mom crying in the steaming hot shower because she has a clogged duct and no amount of heat or massage is helping with the pain.
This is for the mom with the under-supply, who’s eating her body weight in oatmeal, taking two fenugreek with every meal, and eating all the things with sunflower lectin to boost her supply.
Whether you’ve been pumping for 10 minutes or 10 months. CELEBRATE your journey. Know that you’re beautiful, know that pumping is beautiful, know that you’re doing your best, know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE, know that; no matter what, YOUR BABY LOVES YOU!!!!
What we selflessly do for our babies IS BEAUTIFUL. Your labor of love does NOT go unnoticed because when we see our babies THRIVE, we know it was ALL so so WORTH it.
CELEBRATE YOUR VICTORIES, MAMAS!!!!
CELEBRATE YOU AND YOUR LITTLE LOVE!
"I would like to say that I ultimately believe ANY form of feeding your baby is beautiful. Whether its nursing, formula, or pumping," Hines added. "This was just my experience, and one that I hold dear to my heart. But at the end of the day no matter what form you choose, we are all supermoms."
In the two weeks since posting the photos, the shoot has gone viral, with other mothers moved and sharing their own stores.
People could relate to Jacque's journey.
No one is alone.