Every day, women find my blog using search engines to find information on breastfeeding. Nipple trauma is a very popular search term, and for that, I am extremely sorry, since in my humble opinion, there is almost nothing worse than nipple trauma!
If you found my little blog because you are struggling with nursing your little one, please know you are not alone. Please know that I care. Please know that I want you to succeed in your nursing relationship. Please know there are so many supports out there in both real life, and on the internet.
Some women are very fortunate- they latch their newborn onto their breast and don’t skip a beat. For what seems like the overwhelming majority of us, breastfeeding can require a ton of support.
As of this date, I am nursing an 18 month old toddler. We have a beautiful nursing relationship and are totally in sync with one another. This was not always the case. I struggled for the first 13 weeks of her life with a gaping wound on my right nipple that made me almost psychotic with pain no matter what I did. But I am so fortunate to have had supports, and so thankful I continued nursing. I’ve heard it said that you won’t ever regret it if you continue with nursing, but you might regret it if you wean abruptly. I know this would have been the case for me if I had given up.
As I did with my elder son, Jack, I will continue to nurse until its natural conclusion, when Emily decides she no longer needs or wants my breast.
I am not an expert on breastfeeding. I am just a mom. But I am an expert on my children and on my experiences nourishing them with my breast milk. I nursed through almost every breastfeeding nightmare and I am more than happy to share my experience, offer support and suggestions to any mom out there who is struggling. This desire to offer peer support to other moms is part of my mission here on Momasteblog.
Please, dear mother, do not hesitate to comment on my posts. Let me know what is helpful or unhelpful. Feel free to ask questions, or email me if you are just in need of some support and a kind word.
I believe in breastfeeding with all my heart and soul. I believe in the amazing ability of a female body to nourish a baby. And even though we have never met, I believe in you.