In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month, I’m sharing from our 100 Words Project every day.
Today’s post comes from one of my very favorite bloggers, The Hollywood Housewife. I’ve long enjoyed Laura’s writing, especially when it comes to issues of faith…and red lipstick! I was honored when she agreed to write a piece for this project. She admitted that she was a bit nervous to share her story but I am very, very intent on this project being about ALL WOMEN’S breastfeeding experience, not only the ones for whom breastfeeding went smoothly. If you are fearful of sharing your own story, I encourage you to reflect on Laura’s and know that your motherhood is about so much more than breastfeeding :
I wasn’t worried about it in the least. My mom did it, and her mother before her. My sister, and my sister-in-law, all successful breastfeeders. I was warned about certain things, sure, about pain and latch. But then there was blood and tears and a knot in my stomach that wouldn’t go away. I cried every time, and felt resentment instead of bonding. I trekked back and forth to the lactation consultant. Finally, two days after Thanksgiving, when I made the decision to stop, to do what was best for me and for her, I became a mother.
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