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I'm wondering if it would be tacky to put a breastfeeding layout in my baby's first year scrapbook? I certainly haven't seen anything like that in "mainstream" scrapbooking magazines (lots of bottles, though : ).

I'm not talking about massive amounts of nipple or anything - just a couple of pictures of DD nursing with thoughtful journaling. After all, bf'ing is a big part of our relationship.

I'd love your all's opinions!

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Oh, good! I'm not the only one! I did this for ds's scrapbook. I think I was very motivated to do the layout because ds is adopted, so breastfeeding him was more of a challenge than most women go through. It was literally a miracle to me that I could produce any milk at all. And I thought the sight of him latched on and nursing was so beautiful! I had dh take a few close-up shots of my breast and ds's face, and altered the pictures to all be in a sepia tone. Then I put a picture of me holding ds with a Lact-Aid around my neck (nothing revealing in that one) and did journaling explaining the process I went through to be able to nurse and how wonderful and awe-inspiring it was to me. If you want me to, I can scan it in and post it on my website, so you can get an idea! (Might take a few days, but let me know if you want me to)
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what a wonderful idea!!!!!!!! i love scrapbooking and have enough pix to do a layout, though none recent. i think we need a couple to document our achievements!! i've sprinkled the pictures here and there because I scrap chronologically but i think i'll follow your lead and do a l/o on breastfeeding! go for it
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If you want me to, I can scan it in and post it on my website, so you can get an idea!
Jennifer, I'd love to see your page when you get a minute. I'm out of town until next Thursday, so no rush. I just wanted to say how wonderful that you were able to give your baby the gift of your milk at all! I bet that was really special.

Thank you so much, everyone, for your thoughts. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks bf'ing would make a special layout.

While we're on the subject of appropriate SB pages . . .

I saw in a scrapbooking mag that you should always use a washcloth or something to cover your child's privates when taking bath pictures. : I thought that was really odd.

I do what I can to keep it tasteful, but I happen to think my DD's body is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. I have enough bath pictures to do a whole scrapbook! :LOL

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I guess it depends on who will be seeing the photos. I usually cover up my dd's crotch area if it's in full display with a cloth or if I forgot at the time I'll put a cute little sticker over it if I feel it's needed, especially since I share my l/o online with a scrapping group I belong to. We're all just a bunch of mama's sharing pix but you never know who's lurking. Not that I'd ever know, it just seemed prudent.

We have a whole lot of bath pix too - - those and sleeping are my favs!
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I have nursing pages in both my boys scrapbooks. I want them to remember that I nursed them and how special it was to me. I also have a great sling page of me and ds#2 from my brother's wedding and a family bed page or two.

I try to journal a lot in my scrapbooks about what is important to me as a parent. I hope they will find it interesting when they are adults.
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I think it would be beautiful!!

There is a picture of my mom BFing me in my baby book and it's one of my favorite pictures.
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yup, it's part of the "moment"

gotta capture it!
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AuntNi - I always cover ds's privates w/a washcloth so I don't get sprayed! I dont' need any action shots for his scrapbook

It's probably a good idea, anyway. What if someone got ahold of the pics? I would hate to have ds *out* there for strangers to see.
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I always cover ds's privates w/a washcloth so I don't get sprayed! I dont' need any action shots for his scrapbook

That's too funny. The first time I changed my nephew, I got sprayed, and wound up with pee all over the hospital room. My brother was hysterical!

I can understand not putting naked pictured on the internet, or submitting them to mags for publication. My SB pages are so primitive that I really save them just for family.

I appreciate your all's thoughts on the subject!!!

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Me too!
My ds' baby scrapbook is organized mostly by month--I'm doing a two page layout for each month of his first year. Interspersed throughout, though, will be pages of important events (birthday, vacation, adoption of our border collie) and pages of subjects important to me and his raising (breastfeeding, EC, babywearing, people that love him, etc).
I'm probably going to do a "looking back" bf page in his toddler/childhood album when he weans. Someone posted a great poem here on the boards:

Wean Me Gently

by Cathy Cardall

I know I look so big to you,
Maybe I seem too big for the needs I have.
But no matter how big we get,
We still have needs that are important to us.
I know that our relationship is growing and changing,
But I still need you.
I need your warmth and closeness,
Especially at the end of the day
When we snuggle up in bed.
Please don't get too busy for us to nurse.
I know you think I can be patient,
Or find something to take the place of a nursing;
A book, a glass of something,
But nothing can take your place when I need you.
Sometimes just cuddling with you,
Having you near me is enough.
I guess I am growing and becoming independent,
But please be there.
This bond we have is so strong and so important to me,
Please don't break it abruptly.
Wean me gently, because I am your mother,
and my heart is tender.


That makes me tear up every time I read it! I'd really like to incorporate it into a layout.
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I think it sounds amazing!!
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Okay, I finally had a moment to scan these in. The blueish areas are actually vellum on which I printed my journaling then glued to the page. The html page I made with them side by side didn't work for some reason, so I'll just post the links to the pictures themselves.

http://www.aros.net/~nemmer/ABF1.jpg

http://www.aros.net/~nemmer/ABF2.jpg

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Jennifer, I just wanted to say how beautiful your layouts are!!! What a special memory and inspiration
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