I spend so much of my day (and night) nursing my sweet babe. Some days seem endless. Some days are hard. Some days I just can’t bear to do it any more.
But some days? It makes me sad to know that one day you will nurse no longer. You will be all grown up and won’t need my body to nourish you anymore. You will be a feisty toddler who will be too busy to sit and snuggle with me. You won’t need me in the middle of the night anymore. You won’t need momma in the same way.
We’ve not always had the easiest journey. There were things I’ve experienced that I never imagined I would. So many emotions, so many tears (happy and sad). The physical and emotional demand was something I wasn’t prepared for in the slightest. But even when it’s hard, I am so incredibly thankful for this opportunity and for this experience. It something I do not take lightly. And even when it’s hard…. I will miss this time.
I will miss nursing you to sleep every night. I will miss the way you stare up at me as you eat with those beautiful blue eyes. I will miss your little hands pulling me in closer. I will miss our oneness in a way I never thought I would.
And even when it’s hard I will miss being the one and only way you seek comfort.
Even when it’s hard I always remember this too shall pass.
August 1st – 7th is World Breastfeeding Week. I am privileged to be a member of an amazing tribe of women. I am a woman who not only grew and nourished a human on the inside, but am able to continue to nourish him on the outside. It is one of my greatest accomplishments. We are only 6 months in, yet I now feel like I can do just about anything.
I implore you to be encouraging no matter how you feel about breastfeeding because I promise you every mother who is nursing their child has given up a large portion of herself to feed her baby. I am lucky to have supportive family and friends who have encouraged me from day 1 and continue to do so.