As soon as I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted to breastfeed. It felt natural to me. It was the milk my body was making for my baby- why would anyone have an issue with that?! And then I remember reading all of these articles online about women being harassed and kicked out of stores for feeding their babies and it terrified me. There were countless times I would make pit stops at stores I knew had a private area for me to feed Madeleine or basically run home with a screaming baby. It wasn’t until I met an awesome group of moms who were all so confident when it came to breastfeeding in public that it made me realize I could be too. Now I’m not saying that I run around with my boobs out but I no longer feel like I CAN’T feed my baby if others are around. This was such a huge step for me. Becoming a mom is scary and hard but there are certain things we should always feel confident about and feeding your baby is one of them- no matter how you choose to do it! I am forever grateful for those ladies- without them and their support I don’t think I would have been able to nurse Madeleine for 14 months.
I’m sharing this photo to maybe encourage another new mom who is struggling like I was. Breastfeeding is hard work- you should be proud of yourself!