In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month, I’m sharing from our 100 Words Project every day.
Breastfeeding: the first days were fear-inducing, the first weeks agonizing, the first months challenging. A healthy naturally-born baby, and he wouldn’t latch. Thank god for my abundant milk supply, support circles, and determined stubbornness – we got through poor latch, nipple shields, thrush, midnight feedings where I cried more than he did because it hurt so badly. The hardest work I’ve ever done. I’m still tired and sore; leave me alone! But I love eye-to-eye nursing, smiles with mouthfuls of milk, falling asleep with “warm milk belly.” My milk nourishes him, body and soul. Breastfeeding in love: 26+ months, going strong.
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