We’ve made it to Chapter 10 in our journey and we have enough stories for at least 10 more. I’m still accepting your stories. I’ve heard over and over again, as I’ve posted these, that moms have found camaraderie, found hope, and found encouragement. If you would like to submit a story about your breastfeeding journey, in 100 words or less, please use the “Contact” tab at the top of the page.
In honor of 10 Chapters, some stories from some of my fellow International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) about breastfeeding their own children…
“I will not” I screamed at my husband. “It hurts. This sucks. I quit” “Honey, you know that you can’t do that” he responded, in his psychiatrist voice. The stupid latch. How many I had I fixed? How many mothers in exactly my spot had I helped? And here I was, pediatrician, lactation consultant, hiding in my bathroom, hiding from the latch and my baby. My baby boy, who looked just like his dad, the one making sense when I just wanted to cry. “Fine. I won’t quit” I sniveled. “I promise I won’t like it.” I broke the promise.
Starting off, so clueless. Both of us fumbling, frustrated through endless nights and exhausted days. Then reaching out to LLL. An oasis! Information, friendship, connection. Another baby, then back to LLL but as a Leader this time. Another baby, then one step futher, an IBCLC hopeful. Breastfeeding, a string of parenting moments that has changed me and my life and my passions. Something so small yet so so enormous. Love.
Meditation on my firstborn at the breast: You are my baby, my very own creation and the only real treasure I will have in this world. Round cheek to round breast, rosy lips to rosy nipple, breath like my heartbeat and eyes round and full as my soul. Our lives fit together like a lock and a key. You open my heart and my life flows with the milk, filling you up with love.