This morning I came across a blog post by Stephanie Sprenger that discussed the difficult balance between how we talk about the awesomeness of motherhood and setting realistic expectations for moms-to-be.
Sprenger’s article, “I’m glad they warned me,” was a response to a blog post by Jenny Studenroth Gerson titled “They Should’ve Warned Me.”
In her original post, Studenroth Gerson discussed all the warnings she received while she was pregnant. Things like, you’ll never shower again, or, sleep now because it’s the last time you will. She wrote that she was very anxious about motherhood, but then was surprised to find how much she loved her child and motherhood.
In response post, Sprenger expresses her happiness for Studenroth for having a good transition to motherhood, but that for so many women, it’s a huge, very hard adjustment. Continue reading
Yes, breastfeeding is super beneficial for baby and for our emotional bond. I support that. And those reasons are big reasons I chose to try breastfeeding and continue to do so. But a lot of my reasons for breastfeeding are largely for my own benefit.
That said, I would argue that doing things for yourself and taking care of yourself is not “selfish,” despite the blog post title. In fact, taking care of yourself is very important. Motherhood does not equal martyrhood.
Here are my top six “selfish” reasons to breastfeed: Continue reading
On any given day, someone cutting me in line at the store would mildly irritate me. Today, however, I went into full-on “mama lion” how-dare-you-almost-knock-over-my-son-back-off-lady mode at a woman in Target. Afterwards, I oscillated between feeling justified for my reaction to feeling a bit guilty that I had perhaps been a bit too aggressive in my response. Continue reading
Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally.
It’s a phrase that’s touted often, but I wish I had taken it to heart before giving birth. For the past eighteen months, I have had the privilege of breastfeeding my son. But, we didn’t get to this point alone. The lactation professionals who worked with Leo and me were an amazing source of knowledge and support. They helped me overcome a range of obstacles I never expected, including latch issues, mastitis, tongue-tie, cracked nipples, and insufficient supply.
So powerful was their influence that I knew I would eventually want to become a lactation counselor, too. This week, I’m finally going to make that goal a reality. Continue reading
Today is #GivingTUESDAY.
This has become one of my new favorite traditions. Following on the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, this day provides an opportunity to give back to your local, national, and global communities.
It’s always tough for me to pick because there are so many worthy organizations doing amazing work. This year, I sent donations to three amazing organizations that are helping families meet their breastfeeding goals. Continue reading