When I had my first, my son, Breast feeding came quite naturally to me, I watched people I love and people I know struggle quite hard with it, and I’ve been so grateful and a little embarrassed to be quite honest for how easy it came. With everyone everywhere in the medical field that scream “Breast is Best” I saw it take a toll on many hearts, like they were letting their new babes down. When obviously that’s far from the truth.
In turn, for the Breast feeding mamas there is also lots of pressures that go along with it. Getting asked how you know if your baby is getting enough, how long you plan to breast feed for, if your baby is latching correctly, getting mastitis (if you haven’t had it count yourself lucky!! Cause seriously. It ain’t no joke!) and the ever popular shaming of breastfeeding in public!
Now with it being World Breastfeeding Week I just have to say: if you have a problem with a women’s boob out and feeding her baby – look AWAY! Avert your eyes, leave the room! That hungry baby has every right to a full tummy, and to be in that place as you do. This over sexualized society needs to get over their self absorption and let mothers do their thing, with or without a cover! There are much worse things happening in this world!
The tables spin around, and no matter the side your on, you face criticism. So when people started saying “fed is best”. That was a train I could hop on. I’ve Breastfed and pumped, with my son I topped up with formula and then exclusively formula fed from 8-12 months. Now with my daughter I exclusively breastfed till 10.5 months and then she started thinking my nipples were a chew toy (a hilarious anecdote for her apparently) and so the switch had to be made.
My babies are here. They are healthy and they are thriving. Both thanks to my body that nourished them, and the formula I have been fortunate to have available to me! I have enjoyed this early feeding stage so much, so many quiet moments in the dark, in the middle of the night, or warm and sticky feeds in the sunshine. It’s odd to move on and not have my schedule revolving around it after these past couple years.
All in all ladies – Feed your babies, these days are too short, they come and go too fast. Relish those moments of taking care of those sweet growing bodies.
Photography – Julie Christine Photography
Robe – Pink Blush
Bracelet – Dear Loves Co. x Mint and Birch
Bottle – Avent