21 Photos That Prove Tube-Feeding Is a Beautiful Way to Feed Your Baby


Earlier this week we saw a powerful photo project that highlighted the beauty in mothers feeding their babies. Two moms, Staci Caspers and Justine Temke, created “Fed Is Best,” an intimate calendar series of mothers nourishing their children, aiming to put an end to “the so-called Mommy Wars” around formula feeding versus breastfeeding, according to The Huffington Post.

The project is beautiful and important, but we noticed one missing piece: a photo of a baby being tube-fed.

When medical conditions prevent parents from “naturally” feeding their babies, tube-feeding may become the only way for a child to survive and thrive. And there’s no shame in that.

Below you’ll see 21 photos of children being fed in “unconventional” ways. Lisa Hardy, the mother in photo #21, put it best when she said this: “[This was] a magical moment with my daughter, who was not able to swallow and whom I was not capable of breastfeeding. If I were to provide the background for this picture, it would probably engender feelings of sadness, and perhaps even pity, for many people. However, for me, this picture is one of my most treasured possessions. There are so many different ways to live, to love… that’s a cause for joy, not judgment.”

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Photo via Brittney Mosher

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Photo via Raadhiyah Matthews

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Photo via Andrea Mullenmeister

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Photo via Tabitha Rainey

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Photo via Kristen Buff

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Photo via Ash and John Bricker

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Photo via Ayah Young
Photo via Ayah Young

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Photo via Amber Walls Fosler

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Photo via Ashley Hawks

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Photo via Allison Meiners

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Photo via Amanda Burger

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Photo via Erica Davis Canfield

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Photo via Barbara Boo Drake

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Photo via Melissa Banks

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Photo via Kelly Cobb Dyer

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Photo via Molly Dieters

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Photo via Karyn Ford Monroe

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Photo via Melissa Schlemmer

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Photo Sarah DeMers

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Photo via Caitlin McWilliams Veitz

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Mother with baby
“A magical moment with my daughter who was not able to swallow and whom I was not capable of breast feeding. If I were to provide the background for this picture, it would probably engender feelings of sadness, and perhaps even pity, for many people. However, for me, this picture is one of my most treasured possessions. There are so many different ways to live, to love… that’s a cause for joy, not judgment.” — Lisa Hardy

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