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What does this quote mean to you??
For me, the choice to breastfeed has definitely influenced my parenting style. Breastfeeding, by design, makes you aware of your baby - almost every single picture we have shared this month of a mother nursing her child has the gaze turned down - looking, watching, observing the details of her Sweet Pea.
It isn't always like that...real life happens and sometimes we have to wear our babies to get anything done. Even then, the child is responded to almost immediately when they display hunger cues. These days, almost every major brand of carrier (slings and wraps are already nursing-accessible) are designed with the idea that a mom will be nursing her child at some point while the child is being worn on mom's frontside.
The breastfeeding lifestyle is one of not just supply and demand. It is also one where we notice and respond. The downward gaze when we feed teaches us about our baby, as it does in reverse: our child sees all the faces we make as this relationship grows. Maybe they see us in pain early on as we navigate the learning curve, they see us tear-up with joy and overwhelming gratitude for their life and our ability to feed them, they see us falling asleep with them; maybe even see us laugh as our confidence grows and we gather with friends who understand that we are inseperable. They learn to read us as much as we learn to read them.
Even long after the breastfeeding relationship is over, we have memory. I can find one more deep breath when my big kids are pushing me to the end of my patience when I remember that maybe, they just crave connection. Asking, "What do you need? Do you want a hug, or do you need snuggle time," has stopped many an outburst in it's track.
I would love to hear what the breastfeeding style means to you. Please leave me a comment - it will be moderated and posted.
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