My Breast Has a Purpose
Posted on September 14 2016
It's no secret that we are a team of moms here at Cloud & Clover. We understand #momlife and how different each of us can be. Outside of parenting styles and personality traits, we're tall and short, thin and curvy... well endowed and well, not so much. But one thing we all have in common is that when we became moms, whatever their size, our breasts had the same purpose.
In today's society, there is still a stigma that makes some people out there uncomfortable with seeing women nurse in public. For us, it's totally acceptable to whip it out in public and feed your baby. Yes, even babies need to eat - a lot! Now there are different degrees of 'whipping it out" that we've all witnessed - from the stylish nursing 'capes' in public to baring all in total comfort. Whatever you do, do what feels right to you.
There's also different schools of thought on how long we should breast feed for. From a few months to a few years, science says the long-term benefits are amazing but even just a few months of breastfeeding your child can have substantial benefits. Rebecca on our team has an 9 month old and is shooting to nurse him for a year. Although it's tough, and a mama just wants her 'life' back, (ha! That'll never happen anytime soon! #MomLife) as easy as it would be to quit, she knows the best thing for her little is to keep going and taking it a day at a time. It's hard work!
Then there's the question on if you should get up in the middle of the night to wake your baby or just let him sleep. Personally, if I could sleep, I did... and then dealt with the pain of engorged breasts in the morning. What this all boils down to is finding out what works best for you and your baby. Everyone has an opinion. The most important one here is your own!
Breast feeding while having a full-time job can be a challenge. Pumping at work takes time away from your job duties, but here is how we have made the best of it: Use that time to pump as 'me time.' Regroup. Enjoy the silence. You know it may be the only quiet time you have all day! It's always hard to turn off the noise around you, especially at work, but family comes first and this is one of the most important things we can do for our littles. Enjoy the time alone and take comfort in the good that you are doing.
So, be proud of your 'weapons of mass lactation' and know that no matter what their size or shape, they serve one heck of a beautiful purpose.