Mom Battling Cancer Shares Photos of Her Final Time Breastfeeding Her Baby

Breastfeeding mom shares powerful photo shoot of last time feeding her son before starting chemo.

It's hard to put into words how much adversity can impact a person's life, especially a mother's. Natasha Fogarty was in disbelief when doctors told her the lump she found on her breast was stage two breast cancer. Hoping to nurse her 5-month-old boy until his first year, Natasha had to come to terms with her new reality -- and it inspired her to encourage others. This Missouri mom's photos of her final time breastfeeding her son are empowering and a beautiful reminder you are not alone.

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Facing the reality of a single mastectomy and years of treatments, Natasha shares that she felt knocked down, but not defeated. Her photos on the Breastfeeding Mama Talk's Facebook page are a testament to her resilience and the inner strength Natasha hopes others mothers who struggle to breastfeed their children -- even in the face of cancer -- will find.

This really touched my heart. This is why I have dedicated almost 4 years , over 40 hours a week, of my life, to this...

Posted by Breastfeeding Mama Talk on Sunday, July 3, 2016

"I want any other mom out there going through this to stay strong and positive."

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Natasha reiterated her desire to empower other moms who struggle with nursing:

I'm so young, and [breast cancer] happened. I wanted women who are going through what I'm going through to reach out if they need some support.

[It could] inspire them and push them whenever they're having a bad moment. I am completely humbled by this whole experience, and I hope I can give hope to other women.

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Wow.

Natasha's photos are beyond moving, and challenge me to cherish every moment of motherhood. I can only imagine what mommies battling cancer deal with on a daily basis -- along with those who struggle to achieve the things we often take for granted -- and the amount of strength that's needed for the journey.

As heartbreaking as it likely was for this mom to come to grips with the reality of her breastfeeding plans being cut short, Natasha has the timeless memories of these photos to look back on to keep her strong and positive -- plus three wonderful friends who are donating breast milk! (Natasha says baby Milo doesn't take to formula, so this is a huge blessing.)

Thank you, Natasha, for sharing your beautiful pictures and inspiring all of us to have a grateful heart and remain hopeful.

Kick cancer's ass, mama!

 

Image via Natasha Fogarty/Vintage Lens Photography via Breastfeeding Mama Talk/Facebook

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