I came across this article on BuzzFeed today and words can’t express how much I love it. I love it so much and I want to share it with the world.
This Is What Breastfeeding Looks Like
These are such real women. They aren’t photographed like that fucking picture of Gisele Bundchen with her glam team getting her ready for a red carpet event that makes me seethe with anger. 99% of the world do not have a team of people doing their hair and nails as they feed their child, and the women in these photographs are so real that I can relate to on a deep level. Their stories are wonderful.
Being able to nurse Charlotte and have such a successful breastfeeding relationship with her is one of the most powerful things I’ve ever felt in my life. It’s hard to put into words what a connection I feel with her, knowing that I have been responsible for her chubby thighs and growing body. I am her nourishment. I am her food. I am her comfort. I have been able to solve every cry she’s ever had in her almost 9-months of life by whipping out my boob and offering it to her.
I’ve always had such a bad relationship with my boobs, as silly as that sounds. Since I went through puberty and never got the big boobs I always wanted I was never happy with my appearance. But now I know that I got the perfect ones just for me because they have given me the ability to have a connection with my daughter like I never thought possible. The photos of these women brought a tear to my eye because I know how they feel. I know what they’re doing. I know that sometimes it’s so, so hard to nourish your child through breastfeeding, but I also know that it is also one of the most amazing things on this planet. I am so glad I am able to do this and that I stuck with it when it was a nightmare of a beginning.
I don’t think I would be brave enough to pose for photographs like these women did, but I do have my own photos of my time nursing Charlotte from the time she was born and I know I will cherish them when she gets older and no longer needs me to feed her.
PS: There’s boobs in the link, so if you’re an asshole and get offended by them then don’t click on it. I probably should have written this at the top, but whatever. They’re just boobs, so deal with it.
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