The Other Side of the Boob

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  1. Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing.

  2. trevorsmommy says:

    Agreed, beautiful. You made me weepy!

    I went through all kinds of mommy guilt when my attempt to breastfeed Toby failed. I thought with number 2 it would be easier. I was wrong. But I did last longer in my attempt. And then Trevy…well…he wasn’t a great nurser. I finally feel comfortable actually putting some of the blame on him now that I know his future. Maybe he really did have trouble latching on? But oh did I blame myself.


    Mommy Guilt. A rite of passage.


  3. Great post heather…i choose not to breastfeed. It was really hard to know that some people thought i was doing the wrong thing. It kind of sucked actually. I hated feelon like i had to justify to anyone who asked why i choose what i did. Honestly, i just need support because having a baby is an effing huge deal. Thanks for sharing…

  4. themommypsychologist says:

    Loved the “hooter hider.” Cracked me up! But seriously, you are absolutely right on about the grey areas. I pretty much live in the land of grey:)

  5. Parenting, in ANY form, is about connecting with your child. Years from now, it won’t matter to my teen whether she slept in my bed, nursed until she was a preschooler or was worn instead of pushed in a stroller….but what WILL matter is we will have a CONNECTION that enables her to feel safe, secure and comfortable in sharing her life’s hardships and obstacles with her parents. What WILL matter is knowing she has a safe place to land if life throws her through some hoops.

    Beautiful post!

  6. Yes yes and yes. Thank-you for sharing everyone. It’s great to share our stories and be heard.

  7. Emily says:

    Thank you for this post. So many of your thoughts resonate deeply with me. It’s hard to find people that understand the emotional scars that I carry from our time in the NICU so hearing about your experiences helps me feel a bit more “normal.” Letting go of the guilt is the hardest thing for me. Why do we judge ourselves so harshly by made-up criteria? Just reading your words is a good reminder to myself to step back and look at the big picture. We need to focus on what we are really trying to accomplish as a parent.

  8. Emily – Well said. And I agree that it’s so good to share our stories to feel less alone. We should be encouraging each other as parents. Thanks for reading.

  9. This is excellent! This line totally captures how stupid the various arguments are… “I’m too busy keeping my baby’s oxygen machine plugged in and watching for his lips to turn blue to believe that breastfeeding is an important issue here.”

    And it shows the many various stories there are in parenting. So I hope to stop creating and/or caring about sides and instead hear each other’s stories.

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