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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, January 4 2015 1:29 AM UTC +00:00

About

Many people believe that breastfeeding must be normalized; to support families that choose breastfeeding, to declare their rights according to their state, and to show others who may still consider it a taboo that breastfeeding, as challenging as it may be, is beneficial for the health of the mother and is the optimal way to establish a good foundation of nutrition for the child.

Logo - An International Sign to Normalize Breastfeeding
Logo - An International Sign to Normalize Breastfeeding

Starting with the states that have extremely low breastfeeding percentages past infants breastfeeding for 12 months old [cbsnews.com/pictures/breast-feeding-state-by-state-whos-1/], my goal is to tour a total of 10 States meeting with breastfeeding families in our local groups, giving inspirational talks about normalizing breastfeeding in our local communities, accept up to 10 bookings for Breastfeeding Portrait Photography, connect with the local breastfeeding community of Lactation Educators and Lactation Consultants to establish their local support system, to refer families to their local breastfeeding photographers. To document and provide education that supports diverse variations of normal breastfeeding. Your contribution will support the creation of a beautiful "waiting room" Photo Book of breastfeeding images and stories of struggle and triumph that will be captured during the Tour to Normalize Breastfeeding by Vanessa Simmons of Candid Perspective Photography. It will also include educational excerpts from Lactation Support Professionals. Some of the breastfeeding stories from our blog will be featured and finally it will display works from our Featured Photographers from across the country! **Book title and Cover Image may be subject to change**

  • IT's ALL OR NOTHING! If we don't raise this bare minimum amount to send out your rewards, book travel for the tour and fund this photo book we have to go back to the drawing board. If we raise that amount before the our funding time ends we can continue to raise additional funds to help this project become a huge success!
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  • Tell your local news and ask them to do a story! Main Stream media will help us reach our goal.
  • Who is your favorite breastfeeding celebrity? Use social media to ask them to help promote this cause!
  • Remember to share with those closest to you! They are your immediate support, ask them to help us bring this goal to completion.
  • EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS! 
  • Thank you to our Kickstarter Promoters/Endorsers!

Vision:

A Breastfeeding Awareness Media Campaign to normalize breastfeeding and address the taboo of public breastfeeding in modern society. 

Mission:

To document and provide education that supports diverse variations of normal breastfeeding.

Less than 50% of Families across the US are breastfeeding at 12 months.
Less than 50% of Families across the US are breastfeeding at 12 months.

Are you tired of seeing formula companies giving away free samples in the OB & Pediatrician's office? With your help we can create these photo books and if we exceed our funding goal we will create Educational & Encouraging Pamphlets to put in their offices for families to take home!

Diversity is key when it comes to this campaign tour. According to the CDC, the lowest breastfeeding rates are among African American women. Not just diversity among cultures, we need diversity in the types and styles of breastfeeding that will be covered - exclusively breastfeeding mothers, exclusively pumping mothers, moms who stay home, moms who work full time, students who are breastfeeding, support systems including families and Lactation Professionals, and much more (see below).

Help Black Breastfeeding Mothers Increase their Rates
Help Black Breastfeeding Mothers Increase their Rates

Day after day, mothers around the United States are being removed from restaurants, asked to leave boutiques, and are often told to go to the restroom to breastfeed their babies. It's time to change that. Although public breastfeeding is not the primary focus of this media campaign, it is a significant factor since there are new incidents being reported EVERYDAY: of uneducated employees advising nursing mothers to "cover up" or to breastfeed in BATHROOMS! That's right! Disgusting and unacceptable!

Breastfeeding in Public is a necessity to successfully breastfeed!
Breastfeeding in Public is a necessity to successfully breastfeed!

Many of these companies have already apologized, but here is a List of Recent incidents in 2014 alone:

Ikea, Walmart, IHOP VA, Sleep Train Amphitheater CA, JCPenny, Anthropologie CA, Victoria Secret TX, La PULGA San Antonio TX, UMC TX, just to name a few!

**Book title and Cover Image may be subject to change**

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Risks and challenges

***The Tour to Normalize Breastfeeding is need of BIG Names to help increase awareness outside of the breastfeeding community. ALL BREASTFEEDING CELEBRITIES are encouraged to be featured or Sponsor an Inspirational Speaking Event.
*The Biggest Risk is not having enough diversity displayed in the images to create a book that helps all mothers. I seek to portray exclusively breastfeeding mothers, exclusively pumping mothers, moms who stay home, moms who work full time, students who are breastfeeding, support systems including families and Lactation Professionals, low income families, women of color, families with multiples, full term breastfeeding, breastfeeding while pregnant, and even moms who were forced to stop breastfeeding beyond their own control (ie: postpartum depression, chronic mastitis, etc).
*During the Tour to Normalize Breastfeeding, I plan to work with hospitals to HAVE THEM purchase and provide the books or pamphlets to every mom that has a baby. Just the same way they do with formula. The family will have the choice after reading the stories and seeking out support to make the final decision about whether to breastfeed or not.

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    You have my abounding gratitude for even considering to contribute to this cause. You will be listed as a backer on NormalizeBreastfeeding.org

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    "No Weaning Required" V-Neck Tshirt + "Solids & Breast Milk" 18 months- 3T
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    *Basic Edition*
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    *Bronze Business/Blog Sponsor*
    1 Secured Copy of Photo book Autographed by Vanessa Simmons + Business Name/Logo Link on our Website, Logo Sticker, Any TShirt Combo, Tote Bag, 5x7 Metallic Print "High Fives for Breastfeeding" + Business/Blog Shout Out!+ listed as a Backer on NormalizeBreastfeeding.org

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    *Silver Business/Blog Sponsor *
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    *Basic Partner, Platinum Business/Blog Sponsor*
    5 Secured Copies of Photo book Autographed by Vanessa Simmons + Name/Company in Partner Section + Business Name/Logo Link on our Website, Logo Sticker, Any TShirt Combo, Tote Bag, 16x20 Framed Metallic Poster Print "High Fives for Breastfeeding" + Business/Blog Shout Out!+ listed as a Backer on NormalizeBreastfeeding.org

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    *Premium Partner, Inspirational Speaking Event*
    Cover Vanessa Simmons' Lecture Fee (does not cover travel/lodging) to speak about her personal breastfeeding experiences including: sleep deprivation in motherhood, postpartum depression and psychosis, the truth about supplementing with formula, how breastfeeding support affects a mother's mental health, increasing milk supply day to day and Live Spoken Word & Hand Expression Demonstration. PLUS you receive it ALL:
    10 Secured Copies of Photo book Autographed by Vanessa Simmons + Name/Company in Partner Section + Business Name/Logo Link on our Website, Logo Sticker, Any TShirt Combo, Tote Bag, 16x20 Framed Metallic Poster Print "High Fives for Breastfeeding" + Business/Blog Shout Out!+ listed as a Backer on NormalizeBreastfeeding.org

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    *Producer, Sponsor a State & Inspirational Speaking Event*
    We will bring the 2015 Tour to your state for 3 Days and Feature 20 Families with your company as the Event Sponsor. You will be named as a Producer and receive 365 days of banner advertisement on the blog starting in March of 2015.
    This Covers Vanessa Simmons' Lecture Fee (does not cover travel/lodging) to speak about her personal breastfeeding experiences including: sleep deprivation in motherhood, postpartum depression and psychosis, the truth about supplementing with formula, how breastfeeding support affects a mother's mental health, increasing milk supply day to day and Live Spoken Word & Hand Expression Demonstration. PLUS you receive it ALL:
    20 Secured Copies of Photo book Autographed by Vanessa Simmons + Name/Company in Production Section + Business Name/Logo Link on our Website, Logo Sticker, Any TShirt Combo, Tote Bag, 16x20 Framed Metallic Poster Print "High Fives for Breastfeeding" + Business/Blog Shout Out!+ listed as a Backer on NormalizeBreastfeeding.org

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    *Executive Producer, Sponsor a State & Inspirational Speaking Event*
    We will bring the 2015 Tour to your state for 3 Days and Feature 20 Families with your company as the Event Sponsor. You will be named as a Producer and receive 365 days of banner advertisement on the blog starting in March of 2015.
    This Covers Vanessa Simmons' Lecture Fee (does not cover travel/lodging) to speak about her personal breastfeeding experiences including: sleep deprivation in motherhood, postpartum depression and psychosis, the truth about supplementing with formula, how breastfeeding support affects a mother's mental health, increasing milk supply day to day and Live Spoken Word & Hand Expression Demonstration. PLUS you receive it ALL:
    20 Secured Copies of Photo book Autographed by Vanessa Simmons + Name/Company in Production Section + Business Name/Logo Link on our Website, Logo Sticker, Any TShirt Combo, Tote Bag, 16x20 Framed Metallic Poster Print "High Fives for Breastfeeding" + Business/Blog Shout Out!+ listed as a Backer on NormalizeBreastfeeding.org

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Funding period

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