August officially kicks off National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, it’s aimed in spreading more awareness about nursing and providing a better landscape of breastfeeding support. Their campaign encourages those who support it to host events, post online, open up the dialog and help educate others about the benefits of breastfeeding. Not only that, it’s meant to help end the discrimination against breastfeeding in general, making it more comfortable and acceptable for moms to nurse their babies outside of their home. All month long you’ll be seeing a lot of breastfeeding posts here on my blog, and they’re in no way meant to push breastfeeding on anyone, simply there to help moms who wish to find out more. By posting these photos of an intimate moment between mother and child, I hope to effectively pitch in on the effort to end the stigma around public breastfeeding and strip away (no pun intended) the taboo nature that surrounds it.
It’s important to note that I do not claim to be “superior” in the motherhood department because I breastfeed my baby. If anything, my reasons for nursing my son supersede the health benefits alone and may even be considered selfish. For me; the bond is easier to form by doing so, it’s extremely convenient especially during night time feedings, it helps shrink you back to pre-pregnancy weight in no time flat, it gives me an excuse to sit down and relax without feeling guilty, it burns about 450 calories a day on its own, it’s free, and it’s my favorite part about being a new mother because it showers me with a bunch of loving, motherly feelings. So in no way am I a “perfect” mom just because I breastfeed, and mothers who do not breastfeed their children are just as concerned about the health & wellbeing of their babies as I am. Yes, it’s true that #breastisbest, but formula fed babies thrive just as well. I was a formula baby and I turned out just fine!
What’s important here is the choice, and the option to feed in public without being looked at like a weirdo. Any of you who’ve been following me on snapchat (👻: GraziellaHannan) have seen me nursing Johnny hundreds of times by now. I do that because I feel no shame or embarrassment in something so natural and it’s a big part of what we do everyday. I LOVE breastfeeding, and my son LOVES to eat, so of course the snaps of my daily life will depict such truths.
As important as it is to be comfortable about it, it’s equally important to be comfortable while doing it. So I recently teamed up with Mayana Genevière to try out their Lorenna nursing bra and I found it really makes nursing much easier whenever I’m out. I like the bras that you can just flip down and instantly be ready to go, no fuss or snaps required so it’s easy to readjust without peeling up your entire shirt. Mayana Genevière did an excellent job in creating this super sexy version so I don’t have to feel like I belong in nothing but “mom jeans” now that I have kids. And you see that little diamond circle piece in the center of the bra? It slides left and right so you can remember which breast you last fed the baby with. Pretty crafty, you can tell a nursing mom was the one who designed every detail of this bra.
When it comes to breastfeeding, to each their own, however feeling good about yourself and feeling comfortable if you’re gonna do it is something I think we can all universally agree on being a desirable intention. For all you new moms out there, I hope you can at least give breastfeeding an honest try without giving up too soon. It’s a tricky thing to master and takes 100% dedication and devotion, not to mention tons of patience, but once accomplished is very rewarding. There are some great guides to help moms get started off on the right foot, you can find them here and here. But at the end of the day if exclusively breastfeeding isn’t the right option for you, don’t let anyone put you down for it. Moms have a hard enough job as it is making sure we’re always doing the best for our children, so coming together and supporting one another is something all us members of the Motherhood Club should do.
*This post was sponsored by Mayana Genevière.