Friday, July 18, 2014

Stop Censoring Motherhood

I am a fan of breastfeeding. I breast fed Jayah until she was 18 months. I weaned her because I thought that’s what I was supposed to do. I remember about a week after she was fully weaned I cried myself to sleep. I am still nursing Henry. And although I am a fan of nursing that doesn’t mean it’s easy. That boy eats a lot. Since I have been breastfeeding him almost exclusively for the past year he pretty much goes where ever I go, including to work, the grocery store, soccer games, hiking…everywhere. Breastfeeding makes this easier and harder.

1. I never have to remember a bottle or sippy cup (LOVE IT!)

2. I always have to remember a blanket and crawl underneath it, even in the 100 degree weather to feed him.

The truth is I love breast feeding but I do not love the blanket part. I am of course respectful but trying to keep a one year old under a blanket all the time is not always easy. The other day I was at the park and I was struggling to try and fed Henry who was hot and did not want to go under the hot blanket and my sister said to me, “Don’t keep that poor guy under there. Every person at this park has seen way more boob than you are showing in line at the grocery store.”

There is a movement going on right now, #stopcensoringmotherhood and I couldn’t agree more.

So here is me agreeing.Motherhood is beautiful, let’s stop covering it up.

“I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament.” ― Alanis Morissette. 

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Francis of Assisi

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