Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Breastfeeding can be a lifeline"

From Donna Ryan's Banned From Baby Showers blog:

"So, yes, birth is so very important, but it is also a few hours of your entire life... If a mom is so upset about the birth, breastfeeding can be a lifeline for her and her baby."

I am extremely thankful that I had the exact birth I wanted. However, no matter how much a person prepares, birth does not always go as planned. I am glad that I saw this today because this may happen to me or may happen to mothers that I hopefully get to attend one day. My birth has given me such a BOOST in motherhood. Honestly, I feel much more pride, fascination, and awe about my birth than I do about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding has been HARD for me, but breastfeeding is so much better for my daughter! That is the source of the wonderful bond she and I share, and I experience so many wonderfully intimate and tender moments with her through breastfeeding.

In short, the birth was for me. Breastfeeding is for her. If I can only have one, I choose breastfeeding.


  1. I am a new follower through MBC. Good luck with the breastfeeding. It is truly best for baby if you (and your body) can stick it out. Of my four children, I only breastfed one of them. I am a strict vegetarian and my milk production did not hold out for breastfeeding apparently because of that fact. But you are doing the right thing! Do it as long as you can! Good for you!

  2. A doula blog I HAVE to follow. SO glad I found you on Mom Bloggers. I am an advocate of breastfeeding, I also teach a class in making your own babyfood and ONLY mention the use of breast milk or water when thinning out a puree. My blog is all about infant stimulation. Hope you like it and will follow: