Whether you’re breastfeeding or not, ALL moms are equally amazing. And whatever choice you make, we know you make it because you know what’s best for your child. However, since it’s Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we wanted to acknowledge and take the time to talk to those who have chosen the path of breastfeeding. To remind you about the things you might have forgotten or don’t realize. To let you know that we see what you do, even when you feel your behind-the-scenes hard work and sacrifices are not seen.
It’s not easy to commit to something that takes up a lot of your time, and can be quite uncomfortable. Your schedule constantly revolves around your baby and his or her feeding times, and putting yourself so unselfishly out there for your child is the most wonderful thing a mother can do.
Waking up in the middle of the night to feed your baby, pumping before, during, and after work, and even crying because of your clogged ducts, engorged nipples, and many many bites from your newborn–after all of that, mom, you’ve proven that you are a survivor. You are awesome. Despite everything, you are still standing, you are strong. Not many can go through what you are going through, and for that you deserve not only a medal, but everyone’s praise and admiration.
It can get quite discouraging to do something that isn’t universally acknowledged. Unfortunately, there are still some people who remain uncomfortable around people who breastfeed, and frown upon them. Whether you’re at work or in the mall, just trying to feed your baby, getting disapproving stares is never an easy thing to endure. But despite the stares and the criticisms, you continue, you strive on. Know that you are not alone, and that you are never unsupported. A mother like you has our full support in your breastfeeding journey.
One of the hardest things to accept is that you are not enough. And for those moms who have experienced the ache of finding out that they are not producing enough milk, but still find ways to provide for their babies, like pushing forward and having your baby latch endlessly, drinking malunggay supplements, talking to your doctors, you are the epitome of a hero. The amount of milk you make doesn’t reflect what kind of a mother you are. But your persistence in continuing to do something about it–that is what defines you as a mother.
Putting your child before yourself, your career, your own wants and desires, is no easy feat. Sometimes, you just want to catch a break, stop doing it for just a short while to have some alone time to yourself. But no, momma, you choose to put your child’s needs first. You choose the hard choice, knowing that even though it is strewn with difficulties, this is what your baby needs. Your generous heart, your unselfish soul, and your unlimited love for your child is what pushes you. You are an amazing human being.
To every breastfeeding mom out there, you have proven on so many occasions how unselfish, how generous, how loving, and how caring you are. You are a survivor. You are enough. You are deserving of all the love and support that can be given. You are wonderful. You are amazing. You are a hero.
Happy Breastfeeding Awareness Month, breastfeeding moms!