Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week in Canada: Guest Post by The Cheerio Diaries
I am just in love with this next guest post by Andria from The Cheerio Diaries. The first time I met Andria I was sitting in a robe, sipping champagne and enjoying a birthday visit at a spa downtown. She had just come back from her first maternity leave and was working for the accounting department and came by to say hello.
What a great introduction to a new blogging friend! She is definitely a woman who cares about other people. Andria blogs about about life with her two kids and gives an honest, upfront look into her world. She is always on the go and up for new experiences and I think she just might always be planning or throwing a party.
Dear Pre Baby Self,
Tonight when you get out of the shower I want you to stop and take a look at yourself in the mirror. Take a look at your body, your stomach, your thighs and most importantly your breasts. Stand there for a minute, take it all in, absorb the way your body looks and cherish it like the sacred temple it is.
Now tomorrow when you wake up take the bras from your drawer and burn them. You know the ones that you have in eight different colours that make your breasts look the way you think they are meant to look. Perfectly round and just the right amount of umph. Yes, you heard me, take them and burn them. Go buy yourself something that is comfortable and fits you better, just trust me on this.
These breasts that you think are meant to look perfectly round, and with just the right amount of oomph, are going to mean so much more to you in a few years. Yes, they will grow and may leave you with stretch marks but they are going to do remarkable things. They will allow you to nourish not one but two beautiful babies. One of those babies will self wean around nine months and the other will not want to stop and you will go on to extended breastfeeding, something you had never even knew existed.
These breasts that you feel you need to make look perfect are already perfect and your babies will sense this from the moment they are born. They will instantly snuggle up to you and recognize this as a safe place. A place they go to when they need nourishment and comforting.
While breastfeeding might seem a little painful at first you will both get the hang of it and in no time you will have a routine. You will spend many hours trapped to your bed with a baby snuggled against you. Enjoy it. Embrace it. And most importantly bring snacks with you. These minutes, hours, days that you spend snuggling and nursing you babies are oh so important. The bond that you are creating is everlasting and before you know it they will no longer depend on you.
All I can say to you is to stop worrying about whether or not your breasts are perfect, because they are. One day when you’re a little older and possibly a little wiser, you’re going to look back at yourself and laugh. Laugh at all the times you stressed about the way you looked. So stop it, stop it now.
Embrace your body, your breasts, for what they are and just know that one day, yes they will be a few sizes bigger, but most importantly your breasts are going to be amazing and will have the power to nourish and grow a tiny human.
Your slightly older and wiser self,