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What is breastfeeding?
It looks so calm, content, and satisfying doesn't it? To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, here is an intimate view. We can talk about how to latch a baby on, or how to get them to stop poking you in the eye or sticking their little fingers up your nose, but how many of us have seen it? Have, really seen it? Not partially covered, or obscured from a position designed for modesty, but out in the open National Geographic style.
This is what breastfeeding is. Not so much about feeding, mostly about comfort and connecting. When Desmond is tired, he checks in with some nursing. When he encounters a difficult situation or doesn't get his way, he runs to my chair, huge crocodile tears and all, for a comfort nurse.
How did I get here?
Support, support, support! A special shout out to my fantastic husband and daddy to our nurslings. Without him, I wouldn't have been successful. Supportive family is great to have for general encouragement. In addition, it's good to have a support group of nursing mothers for those moments of uncertainty, for inspiration, and for more breastfeeding specific support. Some great groups include Beautiful Breastfeeding, and Start Something Beautiful. Facebook is the platform of choice it seems, but those that don't use it can always post here in the community section. Feel free to post breastfeeding pictures, links to breastfeeding articles, thoughts, questions, stories, or anything else.
In honor of this year's WBW theme, dear readers, go out and support your nursing mommas! A simple "Thank You for Breastfeeding" note will be all that we need to shift to a more breastfeeding friendly world. To those mommas that share your breastfeeding with us so freely, THANK YOU. You are changing the world.