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A Mom’s Heartfelt Breastfeeding Advice

Breastfeeding doesn’t last forever and every mom has a different breastfeeding experience. For some moms, it’s a long journey. For others, it’s a short encounter. For all the moms out there, whether you tried it for a day or chased it for years, that means something. And when that breastfeeding journey comes to an end, it can be bittersweet.

This mom shares a short but powerful message breastfeeding, and we’re here for it.

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“The day after my second delivery, after sleeping four hours in two days, a pediatrician came into my room.

She was a mom. I knew it the moment we made eye contact from how moms know other moms are moms.

She was there to check on the baby but she saw it in my eyes: the fatigue, the ordeal.

She had been there.

So she talked about the baby in an optimistic way, then she stopped.

She told me that the benefits of breast milk are great and she told me that being able to take a break from time to time was also important.

No need to be a purist, she says.

I said thank you, but really, I wanted to hug her.

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I breastfed this baby for 222 days after that. And then, today, I didn’t.

And today – when all the pumping and the disappointments and the hormones rearranging and the milk coming in and, now, the milk going out flooded my mind – I thought of this doctor.

I thought of her when I felt a pit in my stomach when the baby turned to me to eat and I thought of her when I felt the relief and guilt that comes with it.

222: the number of days I breastfed this baby. And today, I didn’t.

No need to be a purist. 🤍”

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