For nine months I grew and nurtured my baby inside my body and for 18 months my body continued to nurture her. Our bodies are amazing things!
Breastfeeding can be hard. Adriana had a slight tongue tie at first that we had to work around and was a snacker on top of that. So by the time she would get a good latch, she very seldom would deplete one side before falling asleep. Fortunately within two hours she’d be ready again so I only had to suffer a case of engorgement once (and once was enough – holy pain & fever!).
But once she got that latch down, those first few months getting up with her and sitting in my chair in the darkest of night with just the soft sounds of the dogs snoring (and the loud ones of daddy) and her humming were magical – even in spite of the lack of sleep. (Later co-sleeping made the multiple overnight feedings much easier).
When I think back to this time (and how little sleep I got, or how many tops I leaked through if I forgot a breast pad, and even that wicked engorgement), this photo of us is the magic I remember.
Her and I embraced in a dimly lit room with the moon and stars pouring into the window as close as a mother and daughter can be after giving birth.
Looking down and seeing my little Tulip peacefully nursing, making her sweet little sounds, and holding on to me as my body continued to do one of the many amazing things it was designed to do (and that I never knew it would get the chance to).
Pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding – Motherhood has by far been my most amazing experience in this life.
Kudos to all of the moms out there – the breast, bottle, and formula feeders; The cloth or disposable diaperers; The crib or co-sleepers. There sure is a lot of controversy over our many preferred methods to motherhood and this post is certainly not designed to favor or ridicule any one else’s. Motherhood is magical!
Now excuse me while I go cry over the fact that my suckling little Tulip just lost her first tooth and is getting too big too fast. But at least she still likes to snuggle with her mama. 💗
Happy World Breastfeeding Week!