Each mother’s breastfeeding journey is unique and must be respected. Some relish this moment, some fight it, but no matter what her journey has been, any mother who has been breastfeeding for an extended period feels emotional. Certainly the difficulties are many, but what you gain is much more than what you sacrifice. The text this young mom sent us explains it all…
“Breastfeeding is something I’ve always wanted to do, from the first time I found out I was pregnant. I didn’t want to put so much pressure on myself that it would put me into a negative headspace so I’ve always told myself to give it all I’ve got and if it doesn’t work it’s okay. I truly believe feeding is best, whether from the breast or bottle.
Never in a million years did I think we would make it this far. 355 days of nursing my girls, exclusively and tandem. Never did I think I would be able to breastfeed twins, but here we are, almost 12 months later and counting.
The girls’ birthday is looming, and I don’t know how long we will continue; we’ll make that decision together. But what I do know is that it’s taken a lot of dedication, patience, and perseverance, but we’ve made it this far and are still going strong.
We so easily body shame ourselves rather than praising ourselves. I am so proud, amazed, and thankful that my body was able to carry, deliver, and provide for three babies. The sleepless nights, clusterfeeding, and only being away from them for more than 3 hours maybe a handful of times in the last year – it’s all been a sacrifice, but it’s been so worth it. I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.
It’s getting more difficult now that the girls are getting bigger. They are starting to crawl, climb, and poke each other while feeding, but then there are those moments where they grab each other’s hand or something makes the two of them laugh, and they look at each other and smile, and it’s a moment the three of us share that my heart can barely handle.
My body may not have been my own for the last year, but I have never felt stronger or more at peace with who I’ve become as a person. It hasn’t been easy, and it’s not for everyone, but it’s what worked for us.”