Friday, January 22, 2010

Where's Mum? - or - Here's looking at you, kid!

Baby Milk Action produces a calendar with breastfeeding pictures from around the world on behalf of some of the groups belonging to the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN).

We are always on the look out for good-quality pictures, so contact us if you have any to offer.

Putting the calendar together is always a challenge because all the groups that will sell it to help raise funds for their activities to protect infant health have to be happy with the selection of pictures. There is a voting process that goes on to ensure that the views of each group are respected and everyone has mainly their favourite pictures, plus a few they just like a lot.

I have a vote myself and have always been a bit suspicious of disembodied pictures such as the one that appears in January, shown below.

I tended to mark such pictures down because, regardless of how much we are focused on infant feeding, women - and mothering - is about much more than offering a breast to a child, so where's Mum?

But someone who has breastfed and loves these pictures pointed out to me that these are not pictures of disembodied breasts (though such pictures exist), but a Mum's-eye-view of breastfeeding and that is why these pictures are so popular.

Which just goes to show, you have to be open to other perspectives!

What do you think?

You can see the rest of this year's selection of pictures at:


Roma said...

I have a really lovely picture - do you still need any?

Mike Brady said...

Thanks Roma.

The process for the 2011 calendar starts now, so any suitable photographs greatly appreciated.

These need to be landscape format (not portrait, unless they can be cropped to landscape) and high resolution.

Anonymous said...

Ok well it's portrait but prob doesn't matter which way round. only 180 dpi but 1704 x 2272 pixels, so let me know if any good and how i'd send it to you. Thanks

Mike Brady said...

Pictures can be sent to

Please indicate who the picture should be credited to and whether it is a donation or whether a fee would apply for using it.

Also let us know if you have a preferred caption for the photo.

If pictures aren't high enough resolution for the calendar (which is A4 size), we may have a use for them on cards or more generally, in which case portrait shaped photos are also appropriate.

Muddling Along said...

I have several like that - photos I've taken as one of my children sleeps post feed on my breast, they're special to me because of that