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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Breastfeeding: What It Means To Me



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Even though I'm a little late in the game, I would like to answer today's question on the Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival: If you could tell your little one just one extraordinary or ordinary thing about what it means for you to nurse, what would you share?


Breastfeeding for me is to is to find that little moment of peace on a busy day. A moment where our fingers intertwine and our gazes lock. A moment where time stops and nothing else matters. Wether you were hungry, or tired, or fussy, one sip of the buhbuh makes you calm, albeit just for a moment.
It's a moment where I feel your warm belly against mine and I caress your soft skin sense and smell your moist, sticky cheek (probably a mixture of chocolate and marker). A moment where we are both present at the same time, in body and in mind.

Eventhough you often nurse in busy rooms and crowded spaces, in places where it's noisy and through a conversation, there's always this moment where we are both one person, where we are fully attentive of each other, where I stare into your eyes and remember all the millions of reasons why I love you so much. Where I think of you as my baby, even though you've grown now and you walk and talk and sometimes act as if you do not need me so much any more.


Sometimes this moment lasts for a while, sometimes it is just a glance, but it is always there. And all I can feel for you is pure love and I see in your eyes that you love me too. That you are grateful for this love and this warm milk I keep giving to you, and have given to you for over two years, without restrictions.


These moments keep me grounded, they keep me in touch with the bottomless pools of love I have for you, even in times when it is hard, even when I am tired or angry or ill. Even when I am busy or absent minded.


On that little instant, there is just you and me, there is only us. I hope we may have many more of these moments.



Image: notsogoodphotography on Flickr



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6 comments:

  1. Oh that was so beautiful and resonates so much of what I feel about breastfeeding too. Those precious moments. Lovely message to your little one!

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  2. Elizabeth WalkerJuly 31, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    This was lovely. makes me miss breastfeeding so much! I still regret having both my girls weaned...

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  3. Beautiful, and bittersweet b/c I have just weaned my 34 month old... those precious moments I will never forget.

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  4. This was written beautifully... thank you for sharing your thoughts about nursing your child. You really were able to capture what I feel about my children and the awe that I have for them and our nursing relationship.

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  5. so precious, thank you for sharing. i am currently living in panama where i hardly ever see a woman nursing. i am still nursing my 2 year old and often feel a bit uncomfortable and sensitive to the judgement so it is nice to feel "normal" even if it's in cyberland!

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  6. Hi mama megan, glad you like what you find here. There are a lot more breastfeeding pieces out here. You could also check breastfeeding moms unite (she's not active any more but has some great pieces), the leaky boob and blacktating for more BF info... I don't know if you're on Facebook, but I find that there's a lot of support out there too. Check out the "Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene, official petition to facebook" group

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