There is no gun

Recently, there was a post going around on Facebook titled “I pump so other mothers will think I breastfeed”. This post, along with a few other things that have been surfacing lately have left me more than frustrated.

NO ONE IS HOLDING A GUN TO YOUR HEAD TELLING YOU THAT YOU HAVE TO BREASTFEED!!! NO ONE!!!

If, in fact, you feel like someone truly is. Get out of that toxic relationship. Because they are far from supportive and far from a true friend. A true friend empathizes with you, offers support where they can and stands behind you in your decisions.

I chose to nurse my 3 kiddos. Let me tell you, it has (and still is) a ROUGH journey that ended sooner than I was ready for. Jayden, due to stressful and odd work situations as well as allergies, I was only able to pump until 6 months before moving to formula. Josiah straight up said “thanks mom, I’ve got it from here” at 10.5 months so to formula he went. Judsen, at 4 months, is still nursing. If you know me personally, you will know that it is by the grace of God we are still nursing. Anything that could go wrong, has gone wrong. BUT I am determined to nurse.

Why am I so determined to nurse? Let me tell you, it isn’t because of media or anyone else telling me that I need to. I want to because feel like it is the best route for MY kids. Did I say your kids? NOPE!  I want to look back and feel like I provided the best base for their little lives. What I picture when looking back includes breastfeeding, getting mommy’s perfect milk.

Do I think that everyone needs to nurse?? NOPE! I do think it would be great for them to get the colostrum early on if possible but I don’t think that babies are only loved, well cared for or whatever if they are breastfed!

I think, like with most things in life, we create these expectations on our-self. Pressure to be thin, have this kind of hair, dress that way, eat this food etc. No one is forcing us to do those things but we feel that we are failing if we don’t do that. Media has a bit to do with it but really, its our own mind.

So, stop blaming others for choices you made and may regret. Stop taking offense to things that aren’t meant to be offensive. Make informed decisions and be happy with what you chose, don’t let anyone hate on your parade.

You love your baby and how you feed them, breastmilk or formula, has nothing to do with that!

You are a great mom, don’t let yourself put pressure on yourself!!!

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Postpartum Body Image- The good, bad and ugly…

well, mostly bad and ugly.

The ONLY good thing about postpartum bodies is the milk monster that you just labored out…. well that and a larger cup size (for those larger women, this isn’t really welcomed).

I’m doing a collaboration with a few women on YouTube about our after baby bodies, the struggles, the tribulations and everything in between. If you have a moment, watch my video as well as the other women’s. It is very insightful for those who haven’t even had a baby!!

Body image is something we all struggle with, regardless of our stage in life. What we do to change that is the biggest thing. Put the sweat pants away, throw out the DQ and get moving. I’m so far from doing those above steps but I’m trying really hard. We all have our days. Like I said in my video, at the end of the day we need to be healthy and that is all that matters!!!

I hope this blog post finds all my cyber friends doing well, happy and healthy!
If you know a new momma, ask them how you can support them in this journey. Tell them frequently they look great!!!!

What does 2 pink lines mean?

You got it! I’m pregnant with number 2!

While this is a suprise, I am truly welcoming this fun adventure!!

I do find myself worrying about how I’ll love 2 kids the same!

I’m not sure when I’m due but I’ll keep you posted on that!

My 1st pregnancy was less than to be desired so I’m praying this one is a fun one!!!

I’m thinking of doing a pregnancy Vlog (as suggested by a friend) but don’t know what to talk about. I need ideas people!!!