A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three. ~Grantly Dick-Read
MILK GLORIOUS MILK! I always assumed I would breastfeed my children. After all, it was nature’s design and my mother had enough supply to feed a village (and she kind of did ~ starting with wet nursing another lady’s child who was not so blessed in the milky department! She was very proud of that) So I was hoping that I would be so blessed as well.
Who knew I would be so in awe of these two big features that sit before me (and not just how they look in pretty clothes or the mirror) Oh no….this was something way BIGGER than that (sorry hubby!!) Number one, childbirth made me look at my body differently. The same body I had spent so many years judging and criticising and not quite feeling as attractive as I should have.
Having being stretched to my limits – in every sense of the word!- and gone beyond what I had thought was possible in natural childbirth, I was ready to shout from any mountain that I just gave birth!!!!!!! So as far as I was concerned, this body rocked the world. It only took me 30 years of life (better late than never) but I suddenly grew a new love and appreciation for this body of mine. Well, breastfeeding was now the icing on the cake to make me feel like a total magician and healer….. ….Truly!!
Today I am so proud to know that these breasts provided the magic milk to nourish my beautiful daughters to enable them to grow so healthy and strong that they didn’t pick up every cold, flu or other ailment that crossed their path. It amazed me that they didn’t need any other nourishment to meet all their needs for such a long time.
Not only that but these marvellous breasts offered my children comfort, healing and hours of bonding. Meanwhile I was given many hours with my feet up in comfort, total relaxation and was just able to BE with them and adore every feature of their perfect little faces. They looked so happy and content like they were in bliss-land. So was I, thanks to all the wonderful hormones that were coursing through my body. That’s the beauty of mother nature.
I felt like I could solve the world’s problems with every feed. It was a beautiful time that I look back on with fond memories and a lot of pride as I watch my beautiful children grow……
For our first time mothers, when you imagine breastfeeding your child what do you see? Do you expect to breastfeed your children with ease and abundant flow? Do other women share with you how wonderful and magical it is or only the difficulties?
Would love to know your thoughts and experiences on breastfeeding…Let me know here or leave a note below!
Yours in milky love,
Birth Goddess: A Positive Birth Revolution