on breastfeeding

In honor of Breastfeeding Awareness month, here is a somewhat silly, somewhat serious look at the art of breastfeeding. 


“I will breastfeed, yes I can.
I will breastfeed, that’s the plan.”
That’s what many mamas say
Before they breastfeed that first day.

To breastfeed, though, is no small feat.
It takes some work, and though it’s sweet
To have your baby suckle you,
It has its low points, too; it’s true.

The sexy bras that have to go.
The guilt when milk production’s low.
Mastitis is a total pain,
Leaky boobs your clothes will stain.

Nipple shields, lanolin cream,
Nursing covers, the urge to scream
When baby latches on too tight
Or wants to nurse all through the night.

Scheduled feedings? On demand?
Does your partner understand
These boobs are for the baby now,
And you are feeling like a cow?

I’ve yet to hear a woman say,
“I just can’t wait to pump today!”
But I have heard a mom admit
That she is tempted just to quit.

You may begin to second guess
If breastfeeding your kid is best.
Is it really worth the time,
The work, the pain, the uphill climb?

I can’t answer that for you.
But I can say this, too, is true:
Breastfeeding is truly great.
Let me give it to you straight:

There is nothing that can compare
To baby’s hand stroking your hair
As you nourish him with grace;
It’ll make tears run down your face.

Or when she smiles up at you
As if to say, “Mom, I love you!”
And she cuddles up to rest
Upon your superpowered breast.

Breastfeeding is a mystery,
A miracle, a history.
Mama, you can breastfeed, too.
If I can do it, so can you.

Happy Breastfeeding Awareness Month! 

Interested in some breastfeeding resources? Check them out here.

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