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Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week
Last week was World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). We have come so far since the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) launched its first WBW campaign 20 years ago. I must admit, though, some days it seems as though we haven’t progressed much at all. But let’s focus on the positive and keep it going girls!
I celebrated last week’s commemoration by what else, breastfeeding. And yes, doing a lot of it. I actually forgot that it was WBW as I was finishing up our 5-week visit back East with family. Single parenting for 4 weeks left me exhausted at moments and sometimes my only reprieve from a busy day was sitting down with my 7 month old to breastfeed him. We would snuggle up together in a peaceful place while family members kept my other two boys busy in play.
I spent the beginning half of the week nursing at the lake; underneath a beautiful grove of oak trees and pines, nestled into a lounge chair on a sandy beach as I watched my family play in the lake refreshed from the hot and humid day, at the edge of the shore with my feet dipped into the water, and sitting on a picnic blanket with my boys as they ate snacks and watched the waves.
I nursed the baby snuggled up in the car next to a beautiful canal, seeking shelter from the rain. I nursed creek side, roadside, in gardens and at farms as my boys explored the land and the animals. There were several moments cuddled up on my mom’s couch, on her front porch or just sitting on the floor surrounded by the kids drawing or playing games. I nursed on the plane as we made our way back home to California, in the airport and again on our second flight and then in the parking lot before we got stuck in Bay area traffic. Finally the rest of the week I nursed in the comfort of my own home.
It may sound like a weeklong marathon of breastfeeding, but it's nothing too out of the ordinary here. These are some of the most cherished times I spend with the baby. This time of his life goes by so fast and I am embracing every moment of it. When the baby and I settle into a long nursing session, we find our comfort with different parts of our bodies supported by pillows and when they’re not available, a jacket, blankets, and sometimes even stuffed animals take that place. A big breath and sigh set the tone as I allow my body to give up the tension from the day and let it melt off of me. I help the baby too by caressing his fine baby hair and forehead, rubbing his back, holding his hand, patting his bottom, and singing to him. All things that soothe him. The joy of breastfeeding my baby and watching him grow is abundant. I feel blessed that I am able. I hope you and your baby are enjoying your breastfeeding time as well!