Thursday, August 16, 2012
National Breastfeeding Month
Amigas do Peito" (Friends of the Breast) which is the Brazilian equivalent to LaLeche League. A mother that breastfeed one of my siblings wayyyy past toddlerhood. I remember her going to meetings and talking to friends about the importance and health of breastfeeding for the child and the mother. Though I think the thought of my mother's personal parenting style played a part in my decision, I don't think it was the main influence on my decision. It was the nurturing aspect of nursing that I was in love with. The smell of his little head near my face, his little hands caressing my chest, his warmth and little body so relaxed, so peaceful and in tuned with mine. Being a mother is a weird thing, it feels like you're always oscillating between completely crazy and completely in control, but while I was nursing my little boy I felt 100% in control of my body and of my baby's health. And while my LO is not exclusively breastfed, he still nurses for 90% of his feedings and now breastfeeding is a joy. It feels like stepping in a warm bath, comfortable and soothing for baby and I. It is no longer a struggle. We hung on and looking back I am so proud of myself for doing what I felt was right for our family. I hope that I am able to continue to breastfeed my LO for a very long time, because I know that there will be a day when he will no longer need my nourishment, but I will always need him and his love, the smell of his head, his little hand stroking my chest while he quietly and gently falls asleep.