I’ve often spoke about my breastfeeding journey. It wasn’t an easy one with any of my kids. With Harlan, I was scared to nurse anywhere but the comfort of my own home. Add on slow weight gain and me going back to work, I felt defeated most of the time. With Avery and Macks I was much more confident in my decision to breastfeed and rather that do it because I wanted to, I did it because it’s what was the most convenient for me with more than one child. But with that convenience also came troubles. Not only did I have low milk supply, but they also had weight issues.
Now that I’m done nursing all three kids I look back on it with fondess. Despite all of the heartache, the hours that I spent pumping, the tears I shed because it was much harder than I’d ever imagined, I miss it. I miss the quality time I spent with my children while they nursed. I miss me being able to solely provide for them nutrients that they can’t get anywhere else. I miss the closeness that we felt.
To those of you that are nursing now, take hold of those moments. Even the ones that have you leaving a party because you have to go nurse your little one or have to pump in another room. It’s a special time and experience that is like no other. It’s life changing. Cherish it.
In honor of World Breastfeeding Week (and month) I’m giving one lucky AMITC reader a chance to win a prize pack of some of my favorite nursing essentials!
Enter to win a Mamchic Scarf, Boob Designs Fast Food Nursing Bra, Earth Mama Angel Baby Breastfeeding Bundle, NuRoo Nursing Scarf, Kiinde Twist Feeding System, Bundle Organics, Nurse Purse, Chewbeads, and an Ergobaby Natural Curve Nursing Pillow!
Just fill out the form below to enter. Good luck!