One year Breastfeeding, Photo Celebration

Kennedy was 10 days late and she, literally, came flying out in one hour and 19 minutes! I had an amazing all natural birth. She latched on instantly. At first, it hurt; I was in a lot of pain. I was crying in the bathroom in front of my Dad because I didn’t want my mother-in-law to see me. I was a disaster. I was in so much pain that I had to bite on a pillow or towel until my nipples healed from the initial shock. I didn’t think I could nurse her. I didn’t trust myself. I was positive I wasn’t making enough to nourish my baby. I was so scared and in so much pain, begging my Dad to go buy me a can of formula because I thought my baby was starving…but she wasn’t. I was doing everything right, everyone reassured me that she was okay, and that things would get easier.

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I remember messaging Chanel and Allie all hours of the night asking them the same questions over and over again. The first time I nursed in public was at South Side Deli on my birthday, after our six-week OB/GYN checkup. With the help of so many mom-friends, my family, and my husband, I can now proudly say I breastfed my daughter for one whole year! We do not have any plans to wean any time soon, I am beyond proud of myself for giving my daughter the best possible start.

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Her father has always been happy to support me in my nursing journey, especially because he was breastfed until he was three 😂.

 

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I never thought I would fall so in love with breastfeeding like I have this past year.
Thank you friends and family for supporting me. I’m so thankful I had all of you to help me on this crazy ride.

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Megan Mahoney Photography suggested to add milk to the bath water (about 1 quart store-bought).
These pictures are so special to me.

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I am a 34 year old Ghanaian-American woman, a thoughtful wife, and a mother of 3 children all fed breast milk for at least the first 6 months of life. I was born and raised in San Diego County in southern California. I love writing and photography. I am passionate about sharing stories of people who have faced challenges and overcome the obstacles. I am over-committed my mission: to document diverse variations normal breastfeeding, across cultures and delivery methods breast milk. I hope that my work will positively impact breastfeeding mothers of the future.

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  1. Alison says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!! If we believe in ourselves the possibilities are endless!!! Thank you for trusting your body to know what’s right!!!

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