I spent a great deal of my early life dissing other women. I never had more than a couple of female friends. I would say things like “I don’t like women” or “women are too much drama.” My comments and behavior were likely rooted in my personal insecurities. I felt that relationships with other women were much harder work than with my male friends. I think now I felt insecure in my ability to work that hard or to be a truly good friend. If I didn’t like women, wasn’t that a sign I didn’t like myself? I thought I was different, better, more like a man. Society does value men over women after all. I played into this when it came to my own self-image.
Daily Mom is thrilled to introduce our readers to Ashlee Wells Jackson, creator and photographer of the 4th Trimester Bodies Project. Ashlee has been kind enough to share some of her favorite images of women breastfeeding their babies in honor of our Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign. Read on to find out about what inspired the 4th Trimester Bodies Project and Ashlee’s personal journey with breastfeeding.
I exclusively pump. Some people try to tell me that it is not breastfeeding. I agree… It is harder. It is breastfeeding from a bottle. Some people give me kudos, but ask, “Wouldn’t it be easier just to give formula?” Of course it would be. But I want to give my baby this gift.
My memory of my daughter’s birth is a bit fuzzy. I remember the contractions. I remember the pain (I had no drugs or epidural), but I don’t remember holding my baby right after her birth.
On June 29, 2012 at 7 o’clock in the evening, my water broke while I was eating pizza with my husband. We were celebrating my last day at the office. Three hours later, I gave birth to a healthy 6 lb, 3 oz baby girl, 5 weeks early.
I’ve read many a story in which the new mother takes her baby to her chest and the newborn latches on for the first time. That was not my experience. In fact, I didn’t really get to nurse my baby until 3 weeks after her birth. However, at 2 years old, I am still nursing. Therefore, while my story is a bit nontraditional, I hope it will encourage other women to keep pushing towards their goals to breastfeed.
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My mom was a trailblazer, breastfeeding before it became popular again. I have always admired her for that. I grew up around breastfeeding and for me there was really no hesitation — it was simply the natural thing to do. But it wasn’t until I began researching that I realized breastfeeding does not always come naturally for mom and baby. In fact, sometimes it is quite the contrary.
We’re thrilled to introduce a guest post by R.C. Liley, creator of the blog, Going Dad. R.C. is dad to daughter, Avery, and husband to his wife, Kelley. He penned an article especially for Daily Mom and our Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign. R.C. was also kind enough to answer a few questions about himself. Read on to see what he had to say.
My name is Kathleen, I’m 28 years old, a mother of three. Well technically, four.
On a stormy August evening, I was rushed to the hospital where less than an hour later I delivered a 26 week, 1 lb 15 oz baby girl. She and my husband were hastily sent off in a jet from our rural hospital to a hospital with a NICU three hours away.
Growing up with a mom who taught lamaze as a “side job” (she is a nurse) and also breastfed her children, I always knew breastfeeding was something I wanted to do. Surprisingly, I became a nurse as well, and knew I wanted to continue down this path.
Top Ten Things I Learned About Breastfeeding
I breastfed all three of my daughters over 20 years ago. There was no question in my mind that was the way I was going to not only nourish my child but also bond with her. I had no problems with the first two. When my third daughter was born my challenges began.
The night after your 7 month birthday, you and I were alone in the home. That evening, I would breastfeed you for the last time.
I can distinctly remember the moment I found out I was pregnant. I can also vividly remember the five minutes that followed, as if it were just yesterday. My pregnancy with my son was an unexpected, as well as wonderful surprise. Being a type-a individual, I tend to think everything through and plan out every last detail. I would describe myself as someone who leads a fairly “crunchy” or all natural lifestyle. I am a Holistic Health Coach who tries to be very conscious of eating clean and reducing my exposure to toxins and chemicals. On a regular basis, I coach other people on how to eat and live in a way that lets your body function at its happiest and healthiest state possible. So naturally, I should have been thrilled at the thought of providing my unborn child with breast milk. As it is the “perfect” and “all natural” food designed specifically for their little body.
Breastfeeding: to be or not to be? Well for me, it was definitely “to be”! After the initial, “Oh my God, I’m pregnant, now what do I do?” phase wore off, breastfeeding was never a real choice for me. It was going to be as natural as changing my daughter’s diapers.