When I First Started, I Had No Idea
9 years ago, when I was still pregnant with my daughter Isabel, I decided I would breastfeed her for 6 months. I didn’t make that determination based on my doctor’s recommendation. I didn’t make it based on the resources available to me, or the research I had done. I made that decision based on the one person I knew who had breastfed: my sister in law. In passing, she’d shared with me that she breastfed for 6 months. I didn’t ask any other questions, I didn’t think I needed to. That became my goal.
Until Isabel arrived…
I struggled at first to get Isabel to latch, then fought to continue breastfeeding when I returned to work and my milk supply dwindled. I didn’t feel like I knew anyone else with whom I could share my experience. And yet, with each passing day that I breastfed, it became more and more important to me. Along the way, I learned more about the powerful health benefits of breastfeeding and I could see first hand how amazing it was to bond with Isabel through feeding her. My goal moved from 6 months, to 9 months, to a year. And, as time went on I learned the incredible stories of other breastfeeding mamas. Moms just like you and me who were breastfeeding their babies through struggles and successes- moms who inspired me to continue.
Now, almost 10 years later, I can hardly believe how much has changed. Today, more moms in the U.S. are breastfeeding and breastfeeding for longer. So, breastfeeding moms are more likely than I was to have friends and family who share their experience. Everywhere you go from malls, to airports, to the workplace- the world is becoming a friendlier place for breastfeeding moms (as it should be!) and more and more laws are being passed to support breastfeeding moms rights-from the ability to nurse in public- to the ability to pump on the job in a safe, clean, private space (here’s to no more bathroom pumping breaks!) Though there’s still so much left to do to make sure every mom has the support and access she needs to reach her breastfeeding goals, we’ve come a long way!
So this month, during World Breastfeeding Month, here’s to celebrating YOU, Mom. Around here, we’re celebrating by offering a limited time, while supplies last BIG DEAL on our I Love My Milkmaker Onesie. Check it out. Whatever you do, I hope you will take a moment to celebrate how far we’ve come; how far you’ve come. You’re doing it! Often through struggles and challenges that seem insurmountable. You’re breastfeeding your baby. And that makes all the difference in the world.