Breastfeeding is surrounded by controversy, much of this appears to raise from public feeding. Most of our contact with this issue centers around the media and sensationalised newspaper stories.  I wanted to explore how much of this representation was true by spending time with and interviewing local breastfeeding mothers.

My own breastfeeding journey was very difficult and this lead me to challenge preconceptions of breastfeeding.


I collaborated with local mothers who attended the well established Thornton Breastfeeding Network Group.

Wednesdays 12-1.30pm, Wyre Breastfeeding Group, Thornton Children’s Centre, Heys Street, Thornton Cleveleys, FY5 4JP

The Breastfeeding Network offers breastfeeding support and information.  This comes in the form of trained staff and volunteers and support groups.


The importance of the project was that mothers choose the location that they wanted to represent breastfeeding to others mothers, most mothers chose a public location.  It was important for them to show the normality of breastfeeding.  In depth interviews were conducted centered around their own breastfeeding experiences and the wider context of breastfeeding.

To complete the project I created a book based on the feedback from the mothers, entitled iBreastfeed.  The book contains information regarding all the local groups available to attend, at least one for every week day.  Portraits of the mothers and their babies, accompanied by relevant quotes, and an extensive list of local businesses and locations that are declared breastfeeding friendly.

  Thornton Group

  Katie & George     Lee & Lucas

  Morrisons Cafe

  Sally & Zachery

  Helena & Masie

  Katie & Bethany

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