Australian photographer Suzie Blake decided that most breastfeeding photo projects were pretty staged — and in fact, most are, with gorgeous backdrops and ethereal imagery. This provides breathtaking visuals of those tender moments when a mother nurses her child, but Blake decided she could add to this conversation by showing what it’s really like — messy house, bedhead and with your older kids flipping over your couch while your baby pinches your boob flesh.
“I was tired of seeing images that fail to show the realities of breastfeeding for most women,” she says. “This project is about portraying breastfeeding in all its beautiful messiness. This is about tired eyes and no make up. This is about milk leaks and ratty hair.”
And it is. These stark (yet warm) black-and-white shots are so real you can almost feel those tiny baby fingernails scratching your chest.
Blake currently has an IndieGoGo campaign set up so she can take this project next to the U.K., but in the meantime, take in the beauty of these photos, and see what memories they bring back — or marvel at their ability to paint breastfeeding like the messy, gorgeous labor of love it truly is.