Let’s talk BREASTFEEDING again for a minute! Unless mummas are determined and know where to turn for help, it can be difficult to continue through the many obstacles that may be thrown our way.
Breastfeeding support to new mummas really needs a boost, so that more who want to continue feeding are not forced to give up due to lack of or poor advice! .
I just love this post by @thenaturalmum ❤️ ...
"It's time to stop viewing breastfeeding as a lifestyle choice and instead treat it as a parents responsibility"
"This shot was taken early last year by an amazing photographer and friend @simonpyntphoto to celebrate #breastfeedingawarenessweek and my first breastfeeding goal of 6 months. That 6 months was amongst the most tough yet most rewarding I have ever encountered. I fought to breastfeed Oliver through his NICU stay, we encountered tongue ties, food intolerances, blocked ducts, postpartum thyroiditis and not to mention complete lack of support from health professionals. But with my own research and support from some like minded and informed mamas, we made it to the end.
Breastfeeding is 10% producing milk and 90% determination. A very small number of women can't breastfeed, a huge number give up. It's time to stop viewing breastfeeding ass a lifestyle choice and treat it as a mothers responsibility. Let's all nourish our babies for stronger and healthier generations to come."
Heute Nacht war mies...Fieber...viel Weinen und Jammern und Ylva war nur durch Dauerstillen zu beruhigen. Dabei sind wir alle auch krank...dicke Mandeln, Schniefenase...🤧🤒
Krank sein war ohne Kind leichter... 🙄 und schon da hab ich mich bemitleidet.
Aber da bin ich schon dankbar, dass das alles mit dem Stillen so gut klappt! Wie hätte ich das sonst mit der Flasche und bei der aktuellen Schnullerverweigerung hinbekommen? Da wäre dann nur Dauerrumtragen geblieben.
Man wächst mit den Herausforderungen! Früher war alles anders...Nicht wahr @annairam_annan ? 😉
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Hustle, hustle all day long, then *pause* nurse the baby... breathe, be still, gaze, snuggle, reflect on this moment. These moments of *pause* that I have while nursing are precious opportunities to slow down and find gratitude. I look at my sweet babies and am grateful beyond words. They're growing, smiling, changing and thriving. There are times when I remember how nervous I was to nurse twins. I had so many doubts and unknown answers. How in the world would we figure out a schedule or rhythm?! How will we nurse in public? and on and on... Once they were here, we figured it out together. We took one day at a time and found our groove. Here we are approaching a year and I'm grateful for our nursing sessions that help me to hit pause in the busyness of our day so that I can really look at my growing boys. We sing, we talk, they explore by poking my face or their brother's when we nurse all together. It's an adventure of love and the perfect opportunity for me to set everything else aside and to be still with my babies. Nursing one at a time helps me enjoy this even more. The other baby was probably crawling up my leg at this moment 😜 Sometimes it looks serene like this, and other times it's a 3 ring circus 🤹♂️ and that's motherhood, folks!
Oh my goodness #breastfeeding can be more than just ✨✨✨magical and blissful, it can be so difficult as well. For #breastfeedingawarenessweek I've seen so many beautiful breastfeeding pictures and I love them but I felt like I had to also share this not so pretty picture... Just as I thought Jaggy and I have been doing so well, I've gotten a blocked milk duct twice in one week, same exact spot - OUCH And believe me I'm trying EVERYTHING, yes, btw that's a freaking diaper i'm holding against myself! 🙈I read online about hot compressing and that if you put hot water into a diaper the heat lasts longer than a towel, i also read about taking a hot bath, massaging and believe it or not, running a comb over the surface while pumping/ feeding ... well I've been up all night doing everything and anything, ooooof holy crap this is painful and I'm exhausted! LOVE TO ALL THE MAMAS OUT THERE ❤️I LOVE YOU ❤️ You can both love/ find bf'ing miraculous💫 and dislike bf'ing all at the same time and I'm not allowing myself to feel guilty for saying that. 💁🏻working extra hard to use my #optimism skills on myself today💪🏼 #breastfeedingawareness
She lets out a little cry to let me know her tummy is ready for food. As soon as she feels my hands on her she quiets, she knows her mama has come to her. I lift her, kiss her gently on the cheek then hold her against me, she lays her head on my shoulder while I sit down preparing to nurse. -
We instinctively assume our position, I take her from my shoulder and lay her across my lap, one arm tucked along her body against me and her other arm lifts up to find my finger, she wraps her tiny hand tightly around and then she finds me in the dark and feeds.
All this is in the pitch dark, and in silence - a familiar exchange by mother and babe. l feel the breath from her nose against my skin as she takes what she needs. She gently turns her head away and settles when she's had enough and returns to her slumber.
I place the full bellied sleeping babe back into her bed and that's the end of our nightly exchange. It's my most favourite time, no mater what time of the night it happens because I know soon enough, it will end. Soon enough she won't require the extra nourishment at night, soon enough she will sleep through the night. But until then, I will with tired eyes but abundant love, be there to nourish my babe. -
What she will come to learn is that even when she doesn't need me to fill up her little belly at night, she will know that I will always be there for her, day or night. -
As #worldbreastfeedingweek concludes I wanted to jot this down as a reminder to why I don't complain (much 😏) about the fact that my baby doesn't sleep through the night yet, I savour these moments. I remember watching as Max's legs would start to drape over my lap, and I knew our nighttime seasons were coming to an end. I've already watched Madi's feet go from the crook of my arm, to now draped across my lap. I breastfed Max for 28 mos, we stopped as per the recommendation of our acupuncturist who suggested I needed to conserve energy in order to conceive. I was happy to give him a good start, boost his immune system, lower his chance of a myriad of diseases, help prepare him to have a healthy gut, but mostly, I am happy for those extra minutes of bonding we got over the 28 months.
Today is the last day of #worldbreastfeedingweek and I almost didn't post anything. Its something I feel very passionate about, yet I hesitated. Getting pregnant with Magnolia didn't come easy, but breastfeeding did. Once we got past the first few weeks of blistered nipples, cluster feeding, and toe curling pain, it went from painfully hard to beautifully easy. Giving up was never an option for me and I knew the day would come that it would be magical. One of my favorite moments with her was when we nursed in the bathtub one winter morning when the sun was shining bright. This was a day when the postpartum discomforts were easing up and nursing her was a time I cherished, as I still do. We are still currently exclusively breastfeeding and I don't see that coming to an end anytime soon.
Breastfeeding. Such a controversial subject. There's moms who choose not to & there's moms who would kill to be able to. I'm so passionate about breastfeeding and not only the nutritional facts about it, but the bonding time I get. It's definitely not easy. Moms breastfeed through sleepless nights, through mastitis, through engorgement, through pumping. We're on call for these little humans and on top of having to stop to feed through out the day or pump and let's remember baby doesn't care where you are or what you're doing, but it's so satisfying that I get to bond with my daughter and have that reminder to slow down and admire her. I've had people cheer me on and I've had people ask me to cover up so their husbands wouldn't want to look at me. But I'm here to say to ALL mamas you're doing an amazing job, don't let others bring you and your choices down! #breastfeedingawarenessweek#normalizebreastfeeding
Absolutely petrified sharing this. But for me breastfeeding has been the most incredible journey with both of my children. Incredible in the sense that it is flipping hard work, extremely debilitating at times, and I hit extreme difficulties with both children at the beginning. But at the same time it's the most beautiful and insanely special bonding experience and parenting method. For me I hate to share anything that makes anyone feel slightly inadequate or sad. So non-breastfeeding friends, please know that I am with you and only share this to support those who choose this path. #breastfeedingmama#breastfeedingawarenessweek
#breastfeedingawarenessweek I was heart broken when K didn't want to drink booby any more. I so wanted to do it forever. Lactation specialist tried everything ,so after a bad lip and tongue tie surgery she still didn't want it. This was the only option. Instead of being upset. I turned to gratitude. Thank God for Formula so that I could mix feed my precious girl. Fed is best. I miss the feeling of her drinking on me, but im grateful that we had it. Even if it was just for a little while. Now we celebrate the good pump session and the not so great ones. #betterlucknextime ( i hope )
At 3 months I thought we'd never make it -how could we keep nursing after I had to stay overnight in the hospital? But we did. At 4 months I went back to work and I thought she'd decide the bottle was easier. I was wrong. At 6 months, Ro had pneumonia & we chose to make a change for our family so she wouldn't have to go to traditional daycare- and she choose to never drink from a bottle again. At a year, I was proud of how far we had come. She may always be small but she just keeps growing. Now, as we are just a few weeks shy of 2 years of #breastfeeding I rocked my little girl to sleep without the boob. She hasn't nursed since Friday morning. My heart is in a million pieces. I think of all the places we've nursed. On a boat, on a train, at the zoo, by the pool- we have had no shame. I have had love and support. I have chosen to surround myself with people who will help us along the way. My sweet girl. We made it so much farther than I thought we would. #breastfeedingmom#breastfeedingweek#ourstory#weaning#breastfeedingawarenessweek
I'm generally pretty modest when it comes to nursing. I used a cover until she got too big and it got too hot, now I'll sit in the car or somewhere private. I've never been shamed for nursing, it's just personal preference. In honor of #nationalbreastfeedingweek I couldn't help but share this pic the hubby snapped of me and our girl. I realized I don't have any pictures of Deklyn nursing and that makes me sad. Both journeys with my babes have brought their own challenges, but also a great bond between us. I am so grateful for these quiet moments. I also love that I have been fortunate enough to have been able to donate over 500 ounces when I was nursing Deklyn, and again with Brinley. One day she will stop, and I will forever hold this moment in my heart ❤️. #binnygirl#iloveyouso#breastfeedingawarenessweek
Today is the last day of breastfeeding awareness week.
I have left it until the last day to post as this is a topic that will be forever controversial. Let's get one thing clear- it doesn't matter if you breastfeed or formula feed- as long as the baby is fed and happy!
By now, most of you know the journey of my twins- with their difficult start to life, how could I deny them of breastmilk if I had it? I proudly expressed milk for 16 weeks & breastfed my boys for 13 months, & would have continued if I could've put up with the biting longer.
Evie has been breastfed from day one, & she will be for as long as I can possibly do it.
On the flip side- I was formula fed, & I'm completely fine.
We live in a world that is becoming forever more challenging to mums. We get judged on absolutely everything we do, say & the parenting styles we take. In no way is formula the 'easy option' & in no way is breastfeeding 'not enough' for the baby.
Please stop the judging & help mums thrive by raising them up -anyway possible. We are all in the same game of life- we can absolutely all be winners. ❤️ #BreastfeedingAwarenessWeek
No ha sido facil y a la vez ha sido maravilloso . Esa conexión madre hijo que te da la lactancia materna no tiene precio. Juntos hemos caminado por el mundo sin importamos lo que la gente piense. Aviones, aeropuertos, centros comerciales.. siempre estoy dispuesta a entregarte mi amor donde sea. Te amo #LucaStefano#babyStefano#8months#breastfeedingawarenessweek (P.D. Siempre digo este mes es el último y tus ojos me hacen cambiar de opinión) 😍😘