Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Doubting if there's a woman in there somewhere..."


It’s Week 6 of the weekly Breastfeeding Blog Hop.

Link up to connect with other breastfeeding-friendly bloggers!

If you’re new to blog hops, please check out this post




Jen (http://www.twitter.com/lifewithlevi) is an exclusive pumping mom who works outside the home. Her son Levi is almost 6 months old.

Co-Hosts: @playersnamed and @mmumma


Erin (http://www.twitter.com/playersnamed) is a mom to three beautiful boys – Wyatt, Lincoln, and Judah The Tank. She blogs at TheSlackerMom.com

Marah (@mmumma) is a stay at home mom to her son Kolt. They have been breastfeeding for 14 months and still going strong. She blogs at Diary Of A Devil Dog Wife.

This Week’s Guest Host: @ABCGP

Wendy @ABCGP) is the proud (and tired!) mommy of a 15-month-old little boy and the founder of ABCs and Garden Peas, a natural parenting blog that focuses on food, family and eco-friendly endeavors. We just reached 15 months of nursing, and our one year anniversary of pumping at work! Next goals: 18 months, and TTC!

Here are the guidelines for this blog hop:


1.Follow the 3 blog hosts for the week (spots #1-3). Spot #3 features a blogger randomly selected from the previous week’s blog hop.

2.Link up your breastfeeding-friendly blog so others can find it. If you have posted about breastfeeding (and/or pumping) in the past or plan to post about breastfeeding, that’s you!

3.Check out some of the other blogs from the Linky. Be sure to leave a comment on each blog that you found them through the Breastfeeding Blog Hop so they can follow you back!

4. Repost the linky (link for the code is in the lower right-hand corner of the linky below) on your blog to help promote the blog hop. Be sure to add some info about YOU so others have a place to say “Hi” & let you know they’re following.

5. Grab the button below if you’d like and display it in your linky post or your sidebar.

6. This blog hop will be active from Thursday, 02/10 – Sunday, 02/13.


7.Be sure to include these guidelines when you add the Blog Hop Linky Code to your blog.

About Me (A Breezy Life...): Howdy! I'm Brie! I'm the wife of a hot firefighter hubby (who is also a nurse!) and the mama to the funniest, sweetest baby boy in the world! Peter Joseph is 14 months old and feels that his own, personal obstacle to breastfeeding is trying to watch Play With Me, Sesame with a mouthful of nipple. Or so he says. Thanks for stopping by!!



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Breastfeeding has been, for the most part, a peaceful adventure for me. Once I got past the first week, when I was in that whole "Holy CHRIST, am I using these things right?" phase, my son and I took to nursing with ease, and I am thankful for that in a million and one ways.

Still, even having a relatively uneventful breastfeeding history doesn't mean it's been a perfect road. I think just about every mama has some little hiccup in their nursing routine, whether it be sore nipples, supply problems, latching issues, teeth (baby's, not mama's!) or in my case, finding a comfortable, durable nursing bra that doesn't cost nine jillion freaking dollars!

I found that the best way to get past an obstacle was to get help. Trying to fake your way through a breastfeeding issue won't work and will just leave you with sore/full/empty hooters and a hungry/frustrated/bitey baby. And that's no fun. I haunted Barnes and Noble for books on nursing- I got some of the best tips from a book I didn't even think would apply to me, since it was written by working mama's for whom pumping played a huge part. I asked my friends who nursed, participated in chats, and made some rockin' Twitter friends! I even cried to my husband during a few frustrating times, and although he, being 1. a man and 2. boobless, didn't always understand my angst, he listened. Sometimes, that alone made all the difference.

Here's the thing- even for the milkiest of milky mamas, there will be those moments when it's Just. Not. Going. Right. And it can make you feel like shit. Seriously. But, don't give up, don't beat yourself up, and know that there are other nursing mamas who understand and could even give you some pointers!

Even I finally found some good bras at the outlets stores! If there's hope for me, there's hope for anybody!

1 comment:

Darcy said...

I hear ya on finding good affordable nursing gear!

And support is such a huge thing to have when BFing. My hubby doesn't always understand either, but having him listen & encourage me not to give up has meant a lot.

Darcy @ Tales From the Nursery