I smile as I watch the tension build. I quickly reach to unclasp the cage that holds my immediate comforter. In response to her whimpers, I feel the flow of nourishment flood down towards the receptacle-my baby. Again, I am amazed by the natural reflex that opens the gates within, letting food and drink flow like manna and rain from heaven.
I feel glad that I am a mother – I have birthed this new life and still I give even more life in the form of this fluid that feeds, consoles, comforts and lulls to sleep. It is satisfying, it is filling, it causes growth, it reduces disease, it is unique, it is powerful!
What a privilege to be me!
My baby feeds on, unaware of the powerful feelings surging through her mother. When her acute need reduces, she opens her eyes and looks at me. We stare at each other and take in every feature. We get to know each other and I fall in love again.
Her stomach begins to fill and her eyelids flutter as sleep beckons again. Finally, she lets go of my breast and the expression on her face is one of satisfaction and doziness.
Words cannot describe the feeling of that moment.
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It truly is relaxing. I love it! I know I will miss it when my last baby gives up. Then I might just get broody again.
The Tshirts are great and would probably go some way to normalise breastfeeding. I like the idea of being compared to a superhero as there were definitely times I felt that way. It is so amazing, our ability to carry and nourish a child. I can never take it for granted.
I do remember the amazing feeling of nursing. It was truly relaxing. The tshirts are hilarious! I would never have had the nerve to wear something like that.
Hiya TerriRexson, I think I was one of the lucky few who got more support from the midwives than even my own family! If not for the great midwives, this wizz would not have been written! I was so nervous at the start and it was painful and I did not think I was making enough milk and ... :-D . It took a few months to get to the above relaxed point!
I then thankfully discovered La Leche League when I had my second and I was going through issues of feeding them both. I still attend the groups even now and I so wish I had known of them for my first baby as well. It is so nice speaking and spending time with people who know what they are talking about and people who have gone through the same issues. As you say, support in the UK can be poor and one definitely needs it at the start so unsurprisingly, breastfeeding numbers in the UK are not great. However if one finds a La Leche group, it can make a world of difference.
It's lovely and I miss it. But I know it doesn't work out for everyone. The support for breastfeeding in the UK is pretty poor in my experience.