A Mother’s Breastfeeding Journey

Kathleen Ramsey Little


Successful Breastfeeding Mom

Written by: Kathleen Ramsey Little

August 2014

I’m sitting on the edge of a cliff grasping for what little branches I can find to hang onto.

Using all my strength to keep from plunging down to the deep dark waters of depression below.

I feel incomplete.

Like I’m not a full woman. It’s as if I am not what a real mom should be. I want to nurture and feed him enough to support his life like a mother is supposed to do, but I can’t and it’s tearing me apart inside.

A daily struggle with thoughts saying I’m inadequate. Not good enough. Not a real woman.

I feel defeated.

No. Reaching harder so I don’t fall.

My child will still thrive and be healthy. My baby is loved. He is my world, my life, my everything. I must hold on for him.

I’ve done my best; I’ve tried my hardest. I am a real woman; I am a good mom. My best is more than good enough. I love my baby and he loves me.

Breastfeeding doesn’t only mean attached to the breast. It also means expressed AND donor’s milk.

I am NOT a failure.

I am a Successful Breastfeeding Mom.

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What Hippies Taught Me About Childbirth

 

I learned a lot about labor from granola nurses and crunchy parents.

 

What Boho advice will you add to your birth plan?

VWvan

 

 

 

 

Feed Moms or they get cranky.

hungry

 

 

 

 

A cervix blooms like a rose.

rose bloom

 

 

 

 

 

It is okay to ask the tough questions

drugs

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t assume that all parents want vaccines, baths,

disposable diapers or a pacifier,

unless you want to see  crunchy mom wrath.

volcano

 

 

 

 

 

Babies like their amniotic fluid.  Don’t AROM their swimming pool.

amniotic fluid

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone needs a hug sometimes.

hugs

 

 

 

 

 

But make sure you are keeping a safe distance when its pushing time.

range

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes a mom will need you every minute.

stay

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes a mom only needs her partner

hug2

 

 

 

 

 

Not all moms wear deodorant, have a fan handy.

windy

 

 

 

 

 

It is okay to name your son Red Fox.

red fox

 

 

 

 

 

Wait until the umbilical cord stops pulsing to cut!!

cut

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuous fetal monitoring is not always necessary.

intermittant efm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always knock on the door first!

chase

 

 

 

 

 

Moms deliver babies, not doctors.

pulling out baby

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching a  dad and mom look at each other after the baby is born

always makes me cry.

dad gaze

 

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