I know a momma who is so smart and driven and dedicated that it might make you jealous. But we don’t do that here at Ovo. We just tell her how amazing and beautiful she is and beg her for tips.
This mom came to me nearly a year ago, asking about ways to be successful with breastfeeding as she expected a new baby in approximately nine months. That was her ultimate goal-to breastfeed her new baby. As we built our relationship over the year, I learned that she also wanted to feel empowered and to make independent, informed decisions about childbirth. She did all she could to learn about how birth practices impact breastfeeding outcomes and what choices she could make to improve her chances to nurse for a longer duration than she had her previous children.
She was amazed to find that many routine procedures in medical practices are detrimental to a successful breastfeeding relationship.
As she prepared for the birth of her third little wonder, she built her community by attending breastfeeding support groups, playgroups, church, and PTA. She learned about birth options, safe co-sleeping, and babywearing. She hired a doula and prepared a list of birth preferences.
When it came time for her little nugget to arrive, She. Was. Ready.
The part that I remember most about her labor was her determination. She brought that baby with the knowledge that SHE was doing it. All by herself. Sure, she had people who brought her water and turned down the lights, but it was all her. She knew what was important to her and she was determined to breastfeed that baby immediately when the hard part was over.
Little man arrived and comfortably nuzzled in on his mother’s belly. He crawled to his mother’s breast completely on his own and nursed well for those first two critical hours. His mother was elated and said “I did it!”
She sure did. The rest of us never doubted for a second that she could.