Repost from @blackgirlsbreastfeedingclub
- The World Health Organization recommends mothers WORLDWIDE to exclusively breastfeed for six months and to continue breastfeeding after the introduction of complementary foods for up to the age of 2 years OR BEYOND
Repost from the @theheartdoula
who is 20 months and counting. The journey isn’t perfect, but it’s worth it .
20 months + counting. I take so much pride in this. For all my mamas struggling with pushback, follow your heart. You know what's best for you + your baby. Always. -
Questions I've received:
1.) When are you stopping?
- When River or I are ready to stop. This is a relationship, so when either of us aren't feeling fulfilled anymore, we are free to leave.
2.) Doesn't he bite?
- No. If he does bite now, it's accidental. + when he used to experiment, he was small (10 months). I would withhold boobie until he understood that he was hurting me. (I popped his lips a couple times but I wouldn't recommend that. Because it doesn't work.) -
3.) How do you handle feeling unsupported?
- Luckily, I have a loving partner that supports and protects this relationship. When it comes to extended family, I say fuck everybody who doesn't approve. "Y'all can go sit in a corner while I comfort my child. Ask ya mama why you weren't breastfed. Bye." But seriously, take the time to step away + ground yourself, practice detachment and deep breathing, write and bathe with your baby, cry and confide in those that do love + support you. For those that are uncomfortable with this, majority of what they're projecting is UNHEALED SEXUAL TRAUMA. They can't possibly fathom a child and parent being in this close proximity, naked, touching, suckling WITHOUT there being sex involved. It's distortion and deep wounding.
If you can't escape this toxic environment, stand strong in what you feel + what you believe. Challenge their ignorance, embrace yourself, find community, build sisterhoods that support + welcome all of you, trust in YOUR journey. Your baby will be forever grateful. You might cuss a few people out along the way, + that's okay. It ain't perfect, but it's worth the fight.