World Breastfeeding Week!On Aug 1, 2015 Blog | Raising Arrows 1 Comment Tags: Mothering, Postpartum
Today begins World Breastfeeding Week! We are big fans of breastfeeding. You know, because we are human and all. (Sort of like saying, “World Oxygen Week. We are big fans of breathing!”)
How big a fan, you ask? Let’s see….I have been breastfeeding for over 14 years…..straight. I have eight children (pregnant with number nine) they have all been exclusively breastfed. Baby-led weaning sometime between a year old and high school. So, I have nursed through eight pregnancies now. There have been highs and lows and tough days and days that feel all magical and warm-fuzzy. We’ve been through it all.
We’ve blogged about breastfeeding a few times. So, check out these posts. And PLEASE share them with a friend who is expecting or breastfeeding and just need a bit of encouragement.
In the era known as B.C. (before children) I thought I knew how it was going to go. After all, I’d read the What To Expect Books and all that. If the books were as brutally honest as we would like them to be, they would be really short. “What to Expect: The only thing you can expect is that it won’t be what you expected. The. End.” I’ve learned so much. So very much. I have been the student and my children have been the teachers.
Breastfeeding has changed me as a mother and as a person. I’ve grown into a better understanding of the world, of my children, of my own body. It has been a physical journey and a spiritual journey.
When I had my first child I read books about letting your baby cry it out and sleep in her own crib. It was supposed to be “better” and make my life “easier.” Instead, it made me a nervous wreck. The more I learned about my baby as an individual the more I felt uncomfortable with training her that way. At that point I don’t think I had ever heard the term “attachment parenting” and I had never read a book on it. I just prayed and started following my own instincts. Which meant that she spent most nights in our bed.
Also, have you checked out our Pinterest Board for World Breastfeeding Week? We have some great contributors: Experienced Moms, talented bloggers, wise women! FOLLOW THE BOARD ON PINTEREST!
Know an expectant Mommy and want to get a perfect gift? Check out our Amazon Store section called Breastfeeding and Postpartum! We have some great items in there that any new Mom would be thrilled to receive! (This is an affiliate link. By ordering through an affiliate link you will not pay any extra, but we make a small commission that helps support this blog.)