My Most Unlikely Support Is… Me

breastfeedingcafecarnivalWelcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about your most unlikely support. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 22nd through August 4th!


IMG_6396 copyIt feels weird to say it, but looking back, it was always me. I am my most unlikely support for breastfeeding.

It’s not to say I didn’t believe in breastfeeding. I planned on breastfeeding from before I even knew I was pregnant. It was a long-standing fact in my head that breastfeeding was truly the best food for a baby. I knew that my mother had breastfed me and I knew that I would breastfeed my children. Just as I knew that my mother had given birth naturally and I would give birth naturally. For me, these were simply facts.

I’ve never been a confident person though. I’ve always shied away from confrontation. I never really stood up for myself. To this day I still get horrible anxiety when arguing or even debating, though it is getting better with time.

When I started my breastfeeding journey, I was not the person I am today. I was all about hiding in the corner, never offering my opinion, forever in fear of someone confronting me.

But through the months and then years, I gained information. I believe this is the biggest thing that helped me to become a real advocate of breastfeeding. Information is my gateway to feeling confident. If I feel passionate and if I know my stuff, I will get loud and proud. I will speak my mind and people will listen.

And this new passion paved the way for me to become passionate about other parts of life too. I can fight in defense of babywearing and cosleeping and education. I get more confident (and more loud) every day. And it’s glorious. To have this voice. To finally stand up and speak rather than hiding.

So in the beginning, I was my most unlikely support. To actually stand up for my right to breastfeed and to fight for others, it was just out of my character. Thankfully, breastfeeding (and parenting in general) has changed me. I am a better person now than I was before I had my children, and it’s in large part because of breastfeeding. I have a voice and I am not afraid to use it.

 


 
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