I’m not entirely sure where I found the courage to stand, mostly naked, on a public beach with seven other women.
We gathered on the sand at Crystal Crescent Beach in Nova Scotia as the sun was setting over the North Atlantic. We brought our children, who nursed, made sandcastles, and dipped their toes in the water.
My three-month-old son lay on a towel while I quickly pulled off my tank top. My eyes darted around, scanning self-consciously so as not to undress more quickly or more fully than the others. My hands slid over the foreignness of my abdomen, where I had new stretch marks and a different shape to get used to now that I had birthed my second baby.
Not all of us knew each other, but somehow the thought of taking off our clothes in public, and the fact of our shared motherhood, galvanized an instant bond.
I was inspired by the #WomenintheWild project by Erin White, a photographer who has made it her mission to share beautiful photos of breastfeeding mothers, to bring this group of friends and acquaintances together.