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.
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.
Her father has always been happy to support me in my nursing journey, especially because he was breastfed until he was three ?.
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.
Megan Mahoney Photography suggested to add milk to the bath water (about 1 quart store-bought).
These pictures are so special to me.