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'The more you see it, the more normal it is'

August 29, 2014

By Jennie Mckeon, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach



Aug. 29--It's been a while since Lynette Sanders has had to care for an infant, with two grown sons ages 27 and 19. However, the Holt-based photographer is on the crusade to normalize public breastfeeding.

It all started online.

"Recently, I was on the computer and I read this story of a mother who had been escorted out of a mall for nursing her baby," she recalled. "It's not against the law to nurse your children. The story really sparked something in me."

Sanders has built relationships with a lot of mothers who regularly purchase fresh eggs from her farm. Some of them are nursing moms.

"There's a lot of ignorance toward nursing," she said. She decided to take professional grade images to help normalize the maternal act.

Sanders set up times for three locations. Last week, she met with about six moms at the Uptown Station splash pad and Tuesday, met with moms in Pensacola at the Seville Park and Old Christ Church. The timing is perfect since August is National Breastfeeding Month.

When Sanders was a nursing mom, she remembers nursing her sons in all kinds of situations.

"My mother-in-law would bring my sons to my work during my lunch break so I could nurse them," she said.

Sanders said she understands that those who did not grow up around breastfeeding moms may feel uncomfortable, but hopes the images her public feeding events produce will hope normalize the issue.

The photos are not posed portraits, but more of a glimpse into a mother's life. Sanders said she's come to see the project more of an art piece than PSA.

"The whole thing is precious to me," she said.

"The more you see it, the more normal it is. Moms shouldn't have to run off to the bathroom. Would you want to eat your lunch in a bathroom stall?"

VIEW MORE PHOTOS: See Lynette Sander's photos from her public breastfeeding events at lynettesandersphotography.zenfolio.com.

Contact Daily News Staff Writer Jennie McKeon at 850-315-4432 or jmckeon@nwfdailynews.com. Follow her on Twitter @JennieMnwfdn.

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