In celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month and World Breastfeeding Week, we asked BraveMoms on Facebook and Instagram to share their breastfeeding selfies ("Brelfies") with us using #BraveBrelfie.
Thank you so much to all the incredible moms who were brave enough to share their photos and stories. The courage and honesty in their pictures and words are truly beautiful and inspiring.
I never would have thought I'd be so determined to do something as I have been with nursing Ridge. When I had my first son I gave up at 6 weeks because it was time for me to go back to work and I wasn't comfortable pumping at work. When I found out I was expecting the 2nd time I thought I'd do the same or give nursing until 3 months. Once Ridge was born and he started nursing, something came over me that told me I was going to nurse this baby for awhile. Then my milk came in and I wanted to quit because I was in so much pain, but my spouse encouraged me to push through the few weeks of pain and engorgement. Luckily, I did. I had never been so determined in my life. I wanted to keep the bond of nursing and see if it ever got any easier. Let me just say when everyone says just get through the first 2-3 weeks, I couldn't disagree more. When my milk came in there was a lot and it was oh so painful. I'd pump night and day and freeze tons of milk. To the point we had to buy and fill a deep freezer with my "milk stash". But even after the "2-3 weeks" and still in pain, I kept on and my milk production finally leveled out around 4 months. My little guy is now 4 1/2 months and there's not a thing is this world more precious than seeing my baby's face when he knows it's time to nurse. Has it been easy? Absolutely not! It's one of those things you have to have determination to keep on or else with all the tough times you will easily give up. But the reward at the end is worth so much that the struggles can't bring me down. Also I feel so proud to know that I have fed and nourished him even outside of the womb. Happy national breastfeeding day!
I'd love to acknowledge and celebrate all you breastfeeding/pumping mommas, you all are real superheroes! I never imagined something that is so natural to be one of the hardest things to do and get through. I found it harder to get through than to give up, the beginning was so trying physically and mentally but I couldn't be happier to have persevered. It does get easier, so for those struggling... I understand your struggles, your doubts and your fears. You can do this! Kudos ladies, you all are kickass superheroes ✊️🙌💞 #worldbreastfeedingweek #spectrababy #kiinde #bravebrelfie
In honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Week I wanted to share a little story. I was 27 when I had Allie, I was young and still trying to figure out this whole baby thing. The hubby and I decided to go out to dinner just to get out of the house. We went to Cheesecake Factory. It was right around feeding time and I remember walking in, turning to my husband and saying, "can I feed the baby in a restaurant?" I'll never forget that feeling of just not knowing. Of course we sat down and I fed the baby anyway, but even for that split second... considering the fact that I wasn't sure if I could. I hope no other mother ever feels that way. Feed that baby when it's hungry for gawd sake 😂. #momlife #breastfeeding #breastfeedingawareness
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Happy World Breastfeeding Week everyone! We've made it 5 months now, but hey we have two sets of breasts! I'm sure most wives would kill for their spouse to help with the load, especially with multiples. This worked for us but we're also team #fedisbest. What was the hardest thing about breastfeeding for you? . . #bravebrelfie
In honor of #nationalbreastfeedingweek here is one of my favorite pictures of me and Jack. He came along to a music fest at a brewery downtown and got hungry while I was talking to friends. @alpallemons snapped this pic mid conversation :) Just goes to show you can still have a social life with a little one in tow! #breastfeeding #whatjacksdoing #BraveBrelfie #momlife #normalizebreastfeeding
God Bless this beautiful baby boy who has been up since 8am without a nap! He is soo cranky, and his new way of telling the world he is not happy is screaming! Forget crying this boy just shrieks so that your heart almost jumps out of your chest! Wish I knew a way to get him to stop that! Also the @rooleeboutique nursing dresses are amazing! Thinking of ordering another one soon!