Friday 28 July 2017

'It wasn't even a decision I had to make': Touching moment bride breastfeeds her baby during her wedding ceremony

The photograph of Mrs Torino-Benton captured by Lara Nimmons CREDIT: FACEBOOK
The photograph of Mrs Torino-Benton captured by Lara Nimmons CREDIT: FACEBOOK

Meadhbh McGrath

A Canadian bride who breastfed her nine-month-old baby during her wedding ceremony has admitted she is surprised at the support she’s received after a photograph of the touching moment was shared around the world.

Christina Torino-Benton (30) married her childhood friend Danny Benton earlier this month and breastfed their Gemma during the service in Quebec, a moment which was captured by wedding photographer Lana Nimmons.

The newlywed was so thrilled with the photo that she shared it with other mums on Facebook support group ‘Breastfeeding Mama Talk’, where it has received more than 8,000 likes.

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The mum captioned the photo: “Talk about feeding anytime and anywhere. That moment when you’re getting married and your baby gets hungry. Feeling SO proud of myself!”

Speaking to Independent.ie, Christina said: “With all the stress of getting ready in the morning, Gemma had missed her 10am nap, and my wedding was at noon.

Christina pitcured with her husband Danny and their children. Photo Credit: Facebook
Christina pitcured with her husband Danny and their children. Photo Credit: Facebook

“I fed her beforehand, and she was fine in the church in the arms of my mother, initially, but she was hot, as it was about 40 degrees, and crabby from that missed nap.”

Once she heard her little girl crying, she knew she couldn’t wait until the end of the ceremony. Christina exclusively breastfeeds, so she said she didn’t have any other option.

“I don't pump or bottle-feed so I knew nursing her could be a possibility. She started to cry, and I feed on demand normally, so I wasn't about to deny her just because I was getting married,” she said.

“It wasn't even a decision I had to make. I looked at my mom, said 'give her to me' and I fed her. It was all very normal for us.”

After she saw how Lara Nimmons had captured the moment, Christina decided to share it with the Facebook group ‘Breastfeeding Mama Talk’, where it has racked up thousands of likes.

“I only shared the photo to a breastfeeding community I am a part of - those girls are always supportive, as they post their own pictures too. I thought I was just sharing a picture just like any other. It quickly spread, that's for sure.”

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The new mum revealed that she did not expect the wedding photo to go viral, and said she’s been pleased with the supportive comments she’s received.

“I think sharing photos like this is so important. It helps get people used to seeing what should be considered something as natural as breathing,” she said.

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