Tips: Being a Nursing Mom & Wedding Photographer

Many of my fellow momtogs have lamented about the difficulties of being a nursing mom and trying to shoot an ALL day wedding. During an 8-10hr wedding, there is limited time to eat, drink, let alone pump. It's stressful because this can cause a mommy to lose her milk. 

So I want to share my experience and things I've learned that have helped maintain my milk supply. 

Photo Credit: Sarah Sweetman Photography

Photo Credit: Sarah Sweetman Photography

Tips:

1. Quick & Easy Snacks! I always carry tiny snacks in my camera bag & pump bag. I often scarf them down between locations while shooting or while the bride & groom are wrangling their people for family photos, I'll take a few steps away from the group, turn my back and stuff as much food in my mouth as I can manage.

Snack options that are easy and convenient:

  • Individually packed nut butter 
  • Granola Bars
  • Apple Slices
  • Fruit Leather
  • Trail Mix
  • Baby food squeeze packs. (I'm obsessed)
This is really what I take with me! I just pulled these out of my camera bag. 

This is really what I take with me! I just pulled these out of my camera bag. 

My husband teases me that I still use my hospital water bottles. (Baby Jack is 3 months old.)

My husband teases me that I still use my hospital water bottles. (Baby Jack is 3 months old.)

2. Make sure you are drinking TONS of water. I always bring two full water bottles with me to a wedding. I drink half of one on my way there. I drink another full one when we are driving between locations and right before the ceremony. Then I drink another half on my way home. Another easy way to get water is to send your second photographer to fetch you some during family photos or when he/she is not busy. No need to feel like a diva, you're a nursing mom and need your fluids!

3. Find time to pump. I know, it's hard, it's inconvenient and it's awkward doing it anywhere other than home. A few ways to over come this:

  • Pump in your car while driving between locations
  • Pump during your dinner break
  • Pump on your way home at the end of the night. 

Even if you're only at one location, that's still two pumping opportunities! 



Mommy's Milk Smoothie

Mommy's Milk Smoothie

BONUS: Drink mommy's milk smoothies! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1lbs of chia seeds
  • 2 tbls Brewers Yeast
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  •  2 scoops of Barleans Chocolate Greens

Blend until smooth.

 

Photo Credit: Sarah Sweetman Photography

Photo Credit: Sarah Sweetman Photography