world breastfeeding week

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetFrom August 1-7 of this year is World Breastfeeding Week.

I always had it in my mind that I was going to breastfeed my baby. I was vaguely aware of the benefits prior to doing so. I only knew that it was “better” than bottle feeding. I was, however, very apprehensive about not being able to get a proper latch and about feeding in public. 

After I gave birth, my modesty regarding my body went away. For her first latch, I had both my sister and nurses grabbing my breasts and helping me feed Remy. I didn’t know what I was doing. Thankfully she latched on instantly, and has continued to be the best little eater ever since. I also have no qualms about feeding her in public, but I do still cover up. This isn’t because I’m ashamed of feeding her from my body, but rather because she eats well under my cover and I don’t feel the need to expose the world to my breasts. We’re quite content with the way we do it.

While our journey hasn’t always been easy (I’ve had mastitis twice, continually have clogged milk ducts, and struggle when she has bad reflux), it has been a beautiful one. I adore feeding her. It’s our special time together. I love when she caresses me with her tiny hands, when she looks up at me and smiles with my nipple still in her mouth, and when she falls asleep, which is nearly every time. 

Not all women can breastfeed. So while I am all for promoting breastfeeding and helping to normalize it, rather than saying “breast is best,” we should instead be preaching that “fed is best.” Because in the end, as long as your baby is fed, that’s really all that matters. At the same time, if we should be allowed to bottle feed in public, we should also be more than welcome to breastfeed as well.

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

<3

Emory

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  1. I wasn’t expecting to be able to breastfeed long either due to some medical concerns, nothing serious. But here we are 8 months later and going strong! I think I’m in the breastfeeding groove and now I find I’m stressing about introducing foods to baby. So hopefully this BFing continues!

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  2. I wasn’t expecting to be able to breastfeed (lack of confidence rather than anything medical) so am constantly slightly awed that I can and that it’s awesome (apart from the first month, that was pretty awful). Your post made me happy that it’s normal to love feeding this way. Baby turned one last week but we’re still going as neither of us seem inclined to stop yet.

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  3. I’m inspired! I will be posting an entry for world breast feeding week! Keep up the good work, fellow momma! I’m still going strong at 11 months for my daughter!

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  4. lovely photo, and love “fed is best” = I’m lucky enough that I can breast feed most of the time, but I have friends who can’t and I know feel a lot of guilt over it x

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    • Yes, my sister also cannot breastfeed for very long after her babies come into the world. She supplements with formula. Some women just can’t, and so I feel blessed that I can. But hey, you feed them any way that you can! Just as long as they get that food, right?

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  5. chelseajacobs

     /  08/06/2016

    Could not agree more with your last paragraph!

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  6. Kudos. You are doing a bang up job. Whenever you have doubts ….. Just think back to my mama donk and her feeding schedule. Any time all the time and baby would follow her schedule and adapted quite well it’s just a natural thing Em Mother Nature and it looks like you are doing it well. See you tonite at XYE.

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  7. Joanne S

     /  08/05/2016

    Well said (written).

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  8. Remy will be healthier and happier in the long run Emory! Have a great weekend! xx

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  9. GREAT PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOTH OF YOU.

    – N

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  • Hello, friends. My name is Emory. I live on the Canadian prairies with my husband, daughter, and animals. Welcome!
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  • A horribly blurry picture that pretty much sums up our week together. It's been 5 days and our home is nearly flu-free. Dada is off working in a different province, (smiles aside) Remy is not happy with me today, our house is a renovation disaster, and I have a photography session scheduled tomorrow that I'm not yet sure if I need to hire a babysitter for. I'm not going to lie, I'm really looking forward to this week being over with. It was not easy, however that's life. There is so much that I do have to be thankful for! We are in good health 99% of the time. My husband finally has a great job. I am lucky to be able to work when I want at what I want. We have a house. Most importantly, I have my little goose to snuggle with. I sincerely hope that if anyone else is having a bad day/week/month/year, that you can also find the silver lining. Our own life is not for everyone, nor is it Instagram perfect. If we're lucky, it is the one that we desire, even in the difficult times. Enjoy your weekend! Thank goodness for breastfeeding. My darling caught her first flu yesterday. I tried giving her bland foods and drinks all day- she wouldn't touch them. Then I tried her favourites- still nothing. Instead, all she wanted to do was nurse round the clock. That is how we spent the majority of the day- nursing, bathing, cuddling, barfing, repeating.
My goal was to breastfeed Remy until she was 18 months old. After that I had no plans. As she is nearing month 19 earthside, I've discovered that she has no intention of stopping. 
On the rare occasions when she's sick, I'm reminded of why we have kept it up for this long, and why we keep on going. I'm almost certain that she would've become dehydrated yesterday if it wasn't for me nursing her. So although fed is best, the breast is truly a gift.
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