Since nursing as a career came into being it has always attracted women more than men, and it is truly so because of the various financial and non-financial perks associated with it. Earlier, this path was only restricted to hospitals and we had that typical image of nurses clad in white and running through hospital corridors or assisting doctors in our mind. But now since times have changed the image of nurses have also changed, and today they have a plethora of opportunities....more
We've talked about clothes, pumping and storing milk and all of the weird places I've had to pump. And now to wrap up the series, I have one final piece of advice: Reward yourself for breastfeeding.
If you are a full-time breastfeeding, full-time pumping, part-time nursing/part-time pumping mama, you are doing an amazing thing. This is a time-consuming, self-sacrificing action. If it didn't work out for you, fine, but if you are in the middle of it, you know you need to hear those words.
“When you hold a child to your breast to nurse, the curve of the little head echoes exactly the curve of the breast it suckles, as though this new person truly mirrors the flesh from which it sprang.”- Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber Without as much as a may I? she reached into my v-neck pajama top and cupped my left breast in her mitt-like hand.I was stunned.And exposed....more
Someone recently told me something that disturbed me deeply. It was something I had heard before, but I chewed on it this time for a while and have been pondering about it since. It involves human nature, and behavior....more
Breastfeeding. It’s all sweet and dear and precious in the beginning.Or it’s terrible and your nipples bleed and the baby won’t latch and the engorgement makes you feel like a porn star.Whichever....more
Breastfeeding my baby boy was hard. Harder than anything I had ever expected and certainly harder than a unmedicated birth.Baby boy was supplemented with formula for about a month, not because I didn't make enough milk but because feeding him every time he was hungry was so excruciatingly painful....more