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.
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.