Celebrate National Breastfeeding Month
August is National Breastfeeding Month and the first week of the month is World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding is beautiful in all forms. In honor of the occasions, enjoy these sweet and touching nursing photos and learn why these moms chose to breastfeed — and what advice they'd give to a nursing mother who is just starting out.
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Lindsay, mom of two children from Tacoma, Washington, pictured with Rory
With my first child I only ended up breastfeeding for three weeks. I fell victim to all the inaccurate info out there and was convinced that I was not making enough milk for him so I gave up, feeling defeated.
When I became pregnant with my daughter I almost wasn't even going to try to breastfeed at all. I was pretty traumatized by how hard it was in the beginning and was sure I would fail. I had some amazing friends teach me accurate info about breastfeeding and encouraged me to at least try. I read a lot and learned a ton of information about what is normal and what obstacles I might face and how to overcome them.
When she was born I decided to give it a try and just set tiny milestones to reach — one week, two weeks, three weeks (Yes! I at least made it the same with each child!). Before I knew it, the weeks were turning into months and now those months are turning into years! Here we are at 29+ months still going. I never knew I could make it this far and I really credit that to my friends that helped support, encourage, and teach me.
Breastfeeding has become increasingly important to me as I learned more about it. The health reasons alone are enough for me. Once I got past the tough beginning, I began to love the bond that it created. I love being able to comfort my daughter and feel her close to me.
For a new mother struggling, I would say just keep going. The hard parts will pass. If you need some help, reach out to friends and family. Read as much as you can. Find accurate information. Once you get over the initial struggles and find what works for you, it is so rewarding. It's worth enduring through the tough times.