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Breastfeeding in Real Life

You can look at all the gorgeous photoshopped professional pictures -- heck, you can spend the money on a photographer and do a breastfeeding session!  (Actually, I highly recommend one!! I LOVE my professional breastfeeding photos.)  BUT -- There is a need for TRUTH. There is a need to #NormalizeBreastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is normal and natural - and the best form of nutrition for our babies, but somewhere along the decades, it became viewed as disrespectful to nurse in public places.  It became discouraged to breastfeed past a certain age.  It became normal to offer formula in combination with or instead of breastmilk from birth.  We were being made to believe that our bodies didn't work right; that most women were failing at nourishing their children naturally - and that formula was the superhero.  Not only that, but EVERYONE began viewing breasts as purely sexual.  No one wanted to see a woman feeding her child with her breasts.   (GOD FORBID an actual child witnessed this heinous act!)

There has been a call to action - to normalize breastfeeding again, and it has taken off.  Breastfeeding is now the popular choice again.  Great! Although, I hate saying that it is 'popular' because this is not some big contest!  Formula is not the enemy!  There is a need for formula for many families -- but there should not be some big battle between it and breastfeeding!

Anyway - I digress.

There is definitely a slight life change once you have a baby. (HAHA - slight) Then comes the frustration, education, learning curve, exhaustion, and love.  During this time, you learn to nurse your baby.  I say 'nurse' instead of breastfeed because the term nursing implies that you take care of your baby instead of just feed him from your breast.

Nursing your newborn - your baby - your toddler - even your 'older than toddler' is real.  The professional photos make it look like a breeze, as if you are a magic fairy mother who has life perfectly cupped in your tiny hand.  But that's not true.  You are a nursing mom.  You may or may not have your shit together, but you are doing the best you can.

This is nursing.  This is nursing in REAL LIFE.

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(Thank you to everyone who donated pictures for this post! Thank you for sharing your real life!)

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Beach and Boobs

 

 

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5 hours post marathon - and life is back to normal.

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Playdates

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Post-nursing naps

 

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More beach; more boobs.

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Who knew our nipples did this?

 

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#SuperMom

 

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Real life is nursing through tantrums - and through your own frustrations.

 

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When you do St. Patrick's Day in Savannah.

 

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Bows are the perfect breastfeeding accessory.

 

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Silly elf.

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Nursing is nighttime snuggles.

 

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The view never gets old.

 

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Walt Disney World supports breastfeeding!

 

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Making airport layovers a little more bearable.

 

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The only thing that makes the sunrise better is sharing this moment.

 

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The laundry and the love never end.

 

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Tonight and every night. we nurse.

 

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Two boobies, two babies.  #TandemNursing

 

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OHHHHHH the milkie smiles.

 

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This bond makes the hardest days better.

 

 

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Anytime, anywhere.  I will nurse her.

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