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In honor of World Breastfeeding Week
It’s true, my poor boobs will never be the same. Breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful things I have been fortunate enough to experience, but it is also extremely demanding and it will forever change the way my boobies face the world. Before baby, the girls defied gravity, and I could pull off wearing a sexy dress without a bra. Post baby, they have grown into I don’t know what size, they most definitely have given up against gravity, and I will probably never be able to pull off going braless again (or at least for a long while).
I used to think that I would never care how my breasts looked after baby, because I knew that I was going to be doing something beautiful and so healthy for my little guy. But now that I am well over two months into it, the reality of it all has begun to sink in. Everyday I see more stretch marks starting to appear, and finding a good supportive bra has been nearly impossible. My boobs are heavy and big and a total nuisance. Not to mention having to deal with the hot weather we’ve been experiencing lately, the boob sweat is no joke. I’m sure a lot of you mommies out there can relate to what I am currently going through.
Breastfeeding has truly been an enormous sacrifice for me. I have an infant that is extremely attached and wants to be breastfed all day long, refuses to take a bottle, and makes it extremely difficult for me to go anywhere on my own. I see old pictures of myself and think, “oh look how cute my boobies looked back then”, but then I look down and see that I am able to nourish my baby boy with something that is going to benefit him for an entire lifetime. I am learning to love my mommy boobs (and body) and I need to not be so hard on myself. I look different, I am different, but it’s a difference that I am truly so damn proud of now. Yeah, with time I will slowly get myself back into shape. And yeah, my girls are never going to look the way they used to before I got pregnant. But I am totally okay with that.
It’s so important that us mothers learn to accept our bodies as they are when we become mothers. And we should never be ashamed to show the world that we have chosen to become breastfeeding mamas. Wether its by choosing to breastfeed in public, letting that mommy bra peek out of our clothing, talk about the real struggles of breastfeeding with other moms, or simply embracing and loving how our breast have changed. My boobs will never be the same, but I am learning to like them better this way.