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Today marks the mark that we’ve officially stopped nursing. This journey was about more than just nursing. It was about determination. With my first child I wasn’t able to produce enough milk and was forced to stop at 3 months. This time I was considered “The Goat” Literally ‼️ Now look at us 15 months later.... #ExclusivelyBreastFeed #BreastfeedingJourney #BlackGirlsWhoBreastfeed #Favorite2Photos #IHaveAnAmazingTestimony #PUSH | SN: I felt bad at first for taking away her MiMi (as she call it) BUT I #GotToGetMyBodyBack | Shout out to Will for being very supportive on this breastfeeding journey.

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When baby girl wants to breastfeed in a different position again 😂🤱🏽 Love your powerful Mommy body !🌹 #breastfeedingmom #breastfeedingjourney #mommyblogger #momlife #breastfeeding #selflove #bodypositive #bodypositivity

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6 Weeks 🤰🏻 ⏭ 16 Weeks 🤰🏻⠀ ⠀ The girls are growing just as they should and definitely giving me a run for my money with my energy level, but I am loving the difference between this pregnancy and my last three!⠀ ⠀ I have been moving my body daily, eating foods that fuel more often than giving into cravings, and checking in with my accountability groups. ✨⠀ ⠀ Obviously my health & fitness goals are different right now {{👶🏼👶🏼💕💕}}, but that doesn’t mean I’m not ready to help you crush yours this summer!!! 🔥⠀ ⠀ I am looking for 10 women who are ready to lose 5-15 pounds in 21 days to join my Summer Strong Challenge 💪🏼🇺🇸⠀ ⠀ ✖️No dieting⠀ ✖️30 minute workouts⠀ ✖️Simple meal plans⠀ ✖️1:1 support⠀ ✖️24/7 access to our private online accountability group⠀ ⠀ This is a lifestyle plan that will be based on the health and fitness goals we set together. We will focus on all things in moderation with a balanced approach to wellness. 🌿⠀ ⠀ To be considered, please comment below "Interested" and I will message you all of the details. We prep this week and start next Monday!! 🙌🏻☀️⠀ ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #fitmama #prenatalfitness #postpartumbody #postbabybod #toddlermomlife #thisismotherhood #postpartummommy #breastfeedingjourney #fitbreastfeedingmom #marriageandfitness #twinspregnancy #fittwinmom #14monthspostpartum #secondtrimester #16weekspregnant #identicaltwins #identicaltwingirls

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The main purpose of my brand was to cover all walks of life, all skin tones, all aspects of creativity. Unfortunately someone has some choice words to say about a all natural skin care brand that promotes a mom feeding her son. That promotes nothing but inspiration to empower our people. What’s your take on it?? 🤦🏿‍♂️ @creativeminds_bodycare

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Lachlan is 3 weeks old today and has been home for almost a week! He’s had 2 weight checks, most recent he was 5lbs 11oz, up 6 oz from 3 days prior and up 9 oz from NICU discharge. He’s such a content little dude and his sisters adore him. Bean will not leave his side and Molly is very protective if Aaron is outside or running errands. He loves being held (especially at 4am) and he’s slowly starting to fit into newborn clothes!! #lachperry #lachlanperry #nicubaby #breastfeedingjourney #preemie #tinybutmighty #motherrunner

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Never have I felt more powerful than when I was feeding my two boys. What I would give to go back in time ✨ Beautiful capture of @tamerabolt and her matching mini in @_chasingrivers_

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La Maternidad. De Pablo Picasso. Siempre me gustó esta obra, aunque sólo hace 4 años que la entiendo. Mi cuerpo,su hogar. Mi alimento, su supervivencia. Mi estado, su condición. Mi preocupación, su seguridad. Mis noches en vela, su protección. Mi resiliencia, su fortaleza. Su ser. Mi todo. #maternidad #breastfeedingjourney

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La Maternidad. De Pablo Picasso. Siempre me gustó esta obra, aunque sólo hace 4 años que la entiendo. Mi cuerpo,su hogar. Mi alimento, su supervivencia. Mi estado, su condición. Mi preocupación, su seguridad. Mis noches en vela, su protección. Mi resiliencia, su fortaleza. Su ser. Mi todo. #maternidad #breastfeedingjourney

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So we're coming to the end of our breastfeeding journey and honestly, I'm a little (ALLOT) sad! . . . #stopthestigma #breastfeeding #breastfeedingmumma #breastfeedingjourney #fedisbest #bottleorbreastfedisbest #mumanddaughter #mumsofinstagram #babiesofinstagram #specialmoments #meandyou

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An old pic. ⠀ Perfect summation of motherhood? ⠀ ⠀ I’ll let y’all decide. 🙂

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#Repost @mommy.realist with @make_repost ・・・ This came up on my memories today and it’s honestly one of my favorite photos from breastfeeding. Why? Because it’s real. Literally nursing Anthony while walking the streets of Switzerland shopping. I remember being so frustrated because I was tired of spending so many hours sitting and feeding. It was a full time job that I wasn’t prepared for. I feel lucky to have been able to do it for as long as I did. Looking back though, I wish I could go to this moment and reassure myself that I would miss it and to not be so hard on myself. . . #flashback #breastfeedingjourney #realmom

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As a mom of a new born, our effort is spent on trying to get enough sleep, and keeping the baby nourished and well! . A year ago when we brought Brayden home, I struggled. . All I wanted to be able to do was boost my milk supply after a really hard time in the hospital during his Nicu stay. . As our preemie began to strengthen and grow, the adjustment from 2 to 3 kids was still very challenging. I found myself stressed often, emotional, and with little to no patience. So at #6weekspp I jumped back into exercising again! I needed to work on my happiness. I was so blessed with a healthy baby and forever grateful but I was missing something. . I lost myself a little. I needed a moment for myself, a community and support for women starting their health journey and I found it!! 💪🏼💕🥦 . My health goal was to eat well, keep up my milk supply and portion my food properly to maintain a healthy weightloss. . The honest truth ⬇️ . My #postpartumweightlossjourney began with 3 goals in mind but none of them began on the scale!! . Goals: ☀️ feel stronger and happier ☀️ fit in my pre pregnancy clothes again ☀️ share my journey bc I knew that the tools and resources I was using could change someone else’s health and transform their happiness and mental health too. . Even after a 35lb weightloss, I still don’t let the scale determine when, how, or why I press play on my at home workouts! Nor do I even know my current weight tbh. What I do know is that year at later, the goals I set are my new standards!🔥 . If you’re looking to be part of a women’s fit club, a community, fitness support system that aligns with your health and fitness goals then let’s chat and turn those goals into standards!! 💕👊🏼💪🏼 . Link in bio if you’re ready to sweat 💦 or drop a 🔥 for more program info!

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Strawberry and banana oatmeal smoothie 😋 #mealreplacement #breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingmom #breastfedbaby

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Day Two of the 30 days of wellness: Arbonne has a detox tea ☕️ that unfortunately, is too cleansing for this breastfeeding mama, so I substitute it with Mother’s Milk tea. I make this tea the night before and let it steep covered. In the morning, I add an Arbonne citrus fizzy to start my day. Now that Mother Milk tea goes down easily. #breastfeedingjourney #arbonne30daystohealthyliving #arbonnenutrition #arbonneessentials #arbonne30 #arbonnefizzsticks #mothersmilktea

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“𝘛𝘰 𝘮𝘺 𝘥𝘢𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘢𝘺⁣ ‘𝘚𝘦𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 ⁣ 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘮𝘪𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘳.’”⁣ ⁣ No matter what, please don’t forget that your beauty is more than skin deep. You are beautiful inside and out. Keep shining your light for all to see. Our daughters are watching so it’s up to us to teach them to love themselves for who they are!⁣ ⁣ 📸 Photo was taken by my FOUR YEAR OLD DAUGHTER (how is she such a good photographer?????)

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I’ve been feeding Siena on demand, and let me tell you, this girl can eat. I was somewhat unprepared for the discomfort of my milk coming in and the following have really helped: ⠀ 1. Lactation massager from @laviemom@coachbfrank got this for me and it has been a complete life savor! I wish I would have had it the day my milk came in when I was so uncomfortable. ⠀ 2. Gua Sha massage — I hold at a 15 degree angle to my skin to help flush out the hard spots. I also use on my neck for lymph drainage. ⠀ 3. @haakaausa — has assisted in managing my supply without needing to pump. Get one mamas! ⠀ ⠀ Breastfeeding is definitely a time and energy commitment, but I’m so grateful for the ability to share this bond with my sweet girl. 🖤

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T•E•A•T•I•M•E While this may not be an ‘authentic’ carbonara,it was as good as. It may have needed a tad more salt, however I don’t tend to add any and as it’s for aurora, I used an eggless recipe too. I’m desperate for her allergy check up to see if she is growing out of it, but for now she still lives an eggless life. I must note that the plate didn’t look like this by the time it reached her high chair, as I attacked it with the scissors to make it easier for her to eat. Anyway, the verdict?...she hated it.😂 Joking, sort of. It seems as though this one doesn’t like spaghetti pasta. I knew this quite early on, so I changed the pastas I used but I thought it’d be one of those ‘persevere and she’ll eat it eventually’ type of things.. clearly not. She had a good go at the chicken, bacon and of course the peas. She’d eat some of the snipped up pasta when I fed it to her on ‘my’ fork, but the plate definitely didn’t get cleaned and she went back to her old feeding-the-floor habits. Ah well, tomorrow is a new day. Hope your little bugs were a bit more appreciative of all your efforts! #fail #instapic #blwjourney #carbonara #whatifeedmyfamily #whatmytoddlereats #foodoftheday #foodblogger #foodblog #foodies #blwideas #blwdinner #easyfamilymeals #toddlermeals #ebf #blwrecipes #blwrecipes #blwdinner #babyledweaning #babyledweaningideas #foodjournal #blwjournal #blwjourney #ebf #breastfeedingmom #breastfeedingtoddler #breastfeeding16months #breastfeedingjourney #babyallergies #eggallergy #allergies #mumbloguk #momblogger #momsofinstagram

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The newest Trendy Bub officially made his debut finally. Meet Jett- my precious little chunky monkey, who arrived 4 days early, 23” long & weighing in at a whopping 11lbs. He & mama Karla are both well (but tired, haha). #trendybubs #hiimnewhere #newborn

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Desde que inicie el acompañamiento a madres de esta comunidad, veo que existen muchas dudas, miedo, y desconociendo sobre la alimentación complementaria, pero cada vez somos más madres 🙌 que buscamos información y queremos aprender cómo ofrecer mejor los alimentos a nuestros bebés, y ese es punto de partida; criar niñ@s 👶🏻 con mejores hábitos alimenticios, tener consciencia de lo que comemos y cómo alimentamos a nuestra familia. . . . #breastfeeding #lactanciamaterna #breastfeedingmom #breastfeedingmama #breastfeedingjourney #milkybaby #liquidgold #breastmilkstorage #firsttimemommy #babiesarebeautiful #pregnantandperfect #13meseslactando #healthypregnancy #lactating #lactanciamaternaexclusiva #normalizebreastfeeding #maternity #alimentacionsaludable #alimentacioncomplementaria #blwinspiration #blwideas

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🍄 Lusting 🍄 Serious girl crush on this amazing breastfeeding pic posted by @chloegrayson 🧡 so etherial and pure. Thank you for letting me share. The whole world deserves to see these beauties 😍. More pics in our stories. (Pink dress pics taken by @anete_lusina ). #breastfeeding #breastmilk #breastfeedinginpublic #breastfeedingjourney #unapologetic #ukmum #ukmumsquad #boobbling #liquidgold #4trimester #matrescence #newmum #newbaby

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As if periods aren’t already annoying enough...nobody needs to deal with a low milk supply whether you’re a pumping or nursing mama!⠀ ⠀ Be sure to ask your lactation consultant or doctor about taking a calcium magnesium supplement a few days before your cycle to see if it helps!⠀ ⠀ Other things to try, but should always ask first include:⠀ • Consuming more iron rich foods⠀ ⠀ • Utilizing galactagogues⠀ ⠀ • Add in an extra nursing/pump session during this time ⠀ ⠀ This method worked well for me in pairing with an extra pumping session BUT you should always check with your lactation consultant/medical provider first!⠀ ⠀

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A design to suit every new mum or mum to be... the perfect gift 🌿

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9 months feeding this chunk who now weighs 28lbs so thought I would share one of our first feeding photos, he was 10 days old on this 😮😍💙 #breastfeedingawareness #breastfeedingsupport #breastfeedingjourney

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How is this even possible??? 👩🏼‍🎓 . Wasn’t she just a newborn! 👶🏼 That’s a wrap on kindergarten! I wish this school year ended differently and it makes me sad but here’s to moving forward and looking ahead for 1st grade! . We did the best we could during our two months of homeschool and even though it wasn’t easy, most days were a 💩 show! I’m so proud of her!! 🌟🌟 . We ordered some first grade workbooks for the summer and made a deal to try to read one book a day on weekdays. . But we are definitely ready for some SUMMERTIME FUN!!! ☀️👙👯‍♀️

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Today’s workout was probably the most unproductive workout ever🤪 I didn’t even get to start the second one I was trying to play catch up with.⁣ ⁣ Pause to get Charli out of bed.⁣ Pause to feed Charli⁣ Pause to go outside to get fresh air and pet the kitty.⁣ Pause to entertain Charli⁣ ⁣ My watch stopped my workout 22/30 minutes. It was a sign🤣⁣ ⁣ I can get frustrated pretty darn easy. I wouldn’t say I have that virtue of patience lol.⁣ ⁣ But then I pause to reflect on what I HAVE DONE, not what I HAVEN’T. I even thought back to last year at this time when I was struggling with nausea while pregnant and still giving 💯 even if that looked different than the 💯 I was able to give before.⁣ ⁣ I’m all about that “getting out of comfort zones, give me a new challenge,” kind of thing. So I’m taking this life phase one day at a time, showing up, and giving myself a little grace when neeed.⁣ ⁣ Cheers to my mommas our there trying to find a little patience and grace as well. And if you’re looking for a challenge to make you feel like more of a badass than what you already are, I’m starting something new tomorrow🙌🏽🔥🙈

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Look who’s sleeping like an angel 😍 when is it my turn?😂🙋🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️🤣 : Mama using Denim Blue nursing poncho as a car seat cover 🙌🏼 : Don't forget to take advantage of our Memorial Day weekend SALE that is happening right now. It ends tomorrow night at 11:59 PM PST🧡

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So grateful for our breastfeeding journey already. Karter wouldn’t latch so I just pumped with him and didn’t get to experience breastfeeding, luckily Kiarah has latched pretty well from the start and I’m making more than enough milk, already have a freezer stash going. 🥰🥰🥰 #breastfeeding #breastfeedingjourney

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My baby is one! And my breastfeeding journey has ended. ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am grateful that I was able to breastfeed and for the bond we were able to share. ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Part of me feels sad that she doesn’t need me the way she has for the past year. But my 5-year-old and 3-year-old remind me that she will always need me – just in different ways. ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I also feel ready. Ready to have more than 3-4 hours of freedom at a time. Ready to wear whichever shirt and bra I want to. Ready to grab a snack-to-go and whisk her outside to play with her sisters.⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m ready to see my one-year-old grow and learn more every day. I’m ready to create a whole new bond with her – one where she says, “I love you mommy,” for the first time, one where she holds my hand to cross the street, one where she runs to me with all her fears, sorrow and excitement. ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am ready.⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #oneyearold #momofthree #breastfeedingmom #girlmomlife #breastfeedingmama #breastfeedingjourney #blessedmama #mymotherhood #realmotherhood #12monthsold #motherhoodjourney #girlmomma #momof3girls #mommyandmetime #honestmomconfessions #motherhoodlife #unitedmomsnetwork #nursingmoms #ourtinymoments #raisingbabies #unfilteredmotherhood #embraceyourmotherhood #twelvemonthsold #truemotherhood #teammotherhood

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If you’re an expectant mother you NEED this in your hospital bag.. cause babbbyyyyyy those nipples the first 48 hours after birth are no joke! I didn’t know what it was really like and learned in the hospital when I had to overnight this little gem of a jar by @earthmamaorganics !! I still use 3 months post to make sure my nipples don’t crack or anything like that! • • #BreastFeeding #BreastMilk #ExclusivelyPumping #LiquidGold #PumpingMom #PumpingMilk #ExclusivePumper #ExclusivelyPumpingMama #PumpingSupport #SpectraBreastPump #PumpLog #PumpingMama #MilkSupply #PostPartum #BreastFeedingJourney #OverSupply #NewMom #FirstTimeMom #LactationCookies #DIYLactationCookies #Flanges #FlangeSizing #LegendairyMilk #BreastMilkSupplements #Breastfeedingmom #breastfeedingmama #colicbaby #fussybaby #sleeptraining #whitenoise

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“Breastfeeding is a connection as well as a food source, a baby’s first human relationship, designed to gentle him into the world with far more than just immune factors and good nutrition. It’s a way of mothering your baby—a relationship that develops feeding by feeding building trust, closeness, knowledge of each other, and deeply connected attachment that lasts long after weaning.” -The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. 🌿 You guys, I spent so damn much of early motherhood with my first baby questioning the path that my baby and my body naturally wanted to follow. I resisted. And all it did was suck the joy out of mothering and breastfeeding. 🌿 Why would he only fall asleep nursing? Wasn’t he just “using me as a pacifier?” Shouldn’t he have more of a schedule by now? I can’t feed him again, he just “ate” and I might create bad “habits.” Is my baby too “clingy”?! You know, all that crap. 🌿 The thing is, these messages and insecurities are so ingrained in us. I can without a doubt say that every single mother I work with expresses some (or all and more) of these types of concerns. Even from mere days into breastfeeding. The noise is SO strong. 🌿 I want women to know that they can take their power back. You are allowed to do what your body is designed to do which is to mother WITH the breast. You don’t need to justify it “ohh he just won’t wean this mamas boy!” “I know they’re not supposed to fall asleep nursing but it’s just so easy, so lazy I know!” 🌿 No. You know what? Breasts generate billions of dollars. For other people’s pleasure and agenda. You ARE ALLOWED to use your breasts for what they were ACTUALLY DESIGNED to do. And that is to feed, and to mother. It doesn’t need justifying, it’s not lazy. It’s not creating “a rod for your back” it’s not “a bad sleep association.” It is literally the exact opposite. An absolute gift for BOTH your child AND you. It’s a way to make motherhood EASIER in a society that already makes mothering really damn hard. Nature literally designed mothering through nursing to be the ultimate tool in your mama toolkit...and no one gets to take that away from you. Stunning 📷by: @loveofalittleone

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You have to eat because you’re nursing You can’t cut back on what you eat because you’re nursing You can eat WHATEVER you want, because you’re nursing You can’t drink that shake because you’re nursing These were things I believed when nursing my son. With my baby girl I did my research. I eat about 1800 calories a day and I still lose weight. Do I count my calories? ABSOLUTELY NOT!! Do I measure out my portions based on an amazing system, YES!!! Do I have to count points, look up foods, use low fat, fat free? NO, NO, NO... Being healthy for me isn’t about being skinny. It’s about being the best me which in turn makes me the best mom I can be. When I feel good I have more energy for my family. As for my dense nutrition shake? I did my research and it is AMAZING for my nursing journey (consult with your doctor as with any supplement or nutrition program) my doctor and pediatrician love the ingredients in my shakes. I notice a difference in my baby girls sleep if I don’t drink it. It could be coincidence, but she doesn’t sleep well if I don’t drink it. I knew this time around I needed to do things the right way for myself and my weight. Research and a great team I work with helped me and, while I am still a work in progress, I am making progress #nursingmom #breastfeeding #postpartum #postpartumbody #breastfeedingmom #breastfeedingtips #breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingweightloss #breastfeedingweightwatcher #momoftwo

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Sun is out and sandals are on! ☀️ Have you pulled out your summer clothes yet? . Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all who have served 🙏 . 6 days left of the 20% off pre-order promo!Go check it out! . #KeepYourDressOn #salute #memorialday #salutetoservice #thankyou #breastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #breastfedbaby #breastfeedingjourney #mommystatus #inspiremamas #momlife #motherhood #momsofig #breastfeeding #instamom #momhustle #pumpingatwork #exclusivelypumping #pumpingmama #careermama #mothersroom #wfh #workingfromhome #pregnant #maternityleave #pumpingdress #4thtrimester #3rdtrimester

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Giving birth: Lincoln’s birth did not go as planned but it was still an amazing experience. I wanted to do everything naturally and go into labor on my own but plans change and that’s okay. About a month before I had him I developed puppp rash which if any of you have had it you understand how miserable it can be. My rash was getting worse and worse everyday I felt like one of those sketchy drug addicts scratching uncontrollably until I bled. Fast forward to a few days before his birth I was telling my friend about my rash and how horrible it was and she told me about Cholestasis which I had never heard of before. I called my doctors office that day and asked about Cholestasis and the woman I was talking to pretty well told me I didn’t have it and just made me sound stupid. I knew what was going on wasn’t normal so o requested that she move my appointment to a closer day to have my doctor check me. She scheduled my appointment for the next morning, i mentioned my symptoms to the doctor and he looked me over and says “I’m going to get on the phone with labor and delivery we need to get this baby out ASAP” I was terrified, with the whole covid pandemic going on my husband wasn’t able to be at my appointments so I was hearing all this by myself. The doctor goes on to tell me that if we wait any longer to have him it could be fatal for both of us, so now I’m really freaking out. The soonest he could get me in was 7 the next morning, that’s after moving someone else’s induction (I’m sorry to whoever’s labor ruined 😬) We got to the hospital at 6:45 and started the oxytocin as soon as we got to the room. I was dilated to a 4 when we got to the hospital (I had been at a 4 for about 2 weeks). I got my epidural when I was at a 7 around 3pm that afternoon. By 9:30 I was dilated to a 9.5 and things were moving fast, they got everything ready for me to start pushing. After 30 minutes of pushing they could see baby was turning blue and I was struggling to breathe so they put me on oxygen to help both me and baby. About 45 minutes in I started feeling really sick and ended up puking 3 times, that was probably one of the most painful parts. Continue in the comments

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My baby was about 6 days old in this picture and I fought so hard for her to have “milk drunk” look. With every latch,I cringed in pain. In my mind,in was supposed to hurt. It was until I learned proper positioning,that the pain actually stopped and my sore cracked nipples could heal. Moms...in the beginning of your breastfeeding journey,what is/was the largest hurdle for you? #breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingmom #breastmilk #lactation #boobs #milkdrunk #breastfedbaby #breastfeedingclass #normalizebreastfeeding #breastmilkonly #ibreastfeed #pregnantinquarantine #coronababy #ebfbaby #discoverunder1k #ibreastfeed #exclusivepumping #newmom #momlife #milkcoma #prenatal #explorepage #breastfeeding #bwdbf #blackbirthmatters #momlifebelike

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Breastfeeding hasn’t always been easy for me, but it also hasn’t been the most difficult journey either. When BabyC was just 3 weeks old I suffered with mastitis, fever, painful boobs, feeling sick, all on my 24th birthday too! I turned to my midwife for advice who encouraged me not to stop, at the time I felt pressured into carrying on, but now I am grateful. I was so close to giving in, I dreaded feeding times and when I knew he was hungry I would wait as long as I could before feeding, occasionally when I was alone I would cry through feeds. Looking back now I don’t think this behaviour was normal and I probably should have looked for further help. I put so much pressure on myself to be the perfect mum and do what was best for my baby, I forgot to look after myself, I forgot I couldn’t give my baby the best start to his life if I wasn’t looking after me. I still have a slight fear of feeding in public, I only managed to attempt this once before lockdown happened in the UK. I guess this is going to be something I have to overcome later in the year, my anxiety now is this might make it harder to tackle! Eventually I over came the fear and dread of feeding time, to make life a little bit easier for me Baby C’s last feed of the day is formula so my husband and I can share this feed and it doesn’t feel like everything is on mummy, plus daddy can have some bonding time with his son 🤍 this worked for us and now nearly 4 months old and discussing when to start weaning with my partner, i’m actually dreading letting go. 🌱 ⚪️ #mummy #mummylife #mumlife #mom #mommylife #breastfeeding #breastfeedingmom #breastfeedingmama #breastfeedingfriendly #breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingsupport #baby #babyboy

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Stop wishing for other people’s bodies.⠀ ⠀ Find peace with your own. ☮️ ⠀ ⠀ Just eat REAL food. Be active and LIVE YOUR LIFE!⠀ ⠀ Forget all the diet nonsense. ✌🏽 ⠀ ⠀ Create a healthy mindset, create healthy habits, and trust the process! ❤️⠀ ⠀ Here for you always. 💋⠀ ⠀

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Breast milk provides virtually all the protein, sugar, and fat your baby needs to be healthy, and it also contains many substances that benefit your baby’s immune system, including antibodies, immune factors, enzymes, and white blood cells. Happy Pumping! . . . #freemie #breastpump #breastfeeding #parenting #infant #baby #motherhood #freemiecup #freemieliberty #freemiebreastpump #freemiecollectioncup #breastfeedingmama #breastmilk #breastfeed #breastfedbaby #breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingsupport #momlife

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I'm loving these precious moments outside with my girl. I always said would get so busy playing and not come to mama as much, but I was so wrong, this girl still loves her boobie cuddles in the middle of her play. . . Do you kids forget you exist when they're having lots of fun, or do they still come to snuggle sometimes? . . . . . #habitandhome #honestmotherhood #momlifestyle #letthembelittle #motherhoodintheraw #motherhoodrising #motherhoodsimplified #motherhoodthroughinstagram #motherhoodunplugged #mymamahood #mymotherhood #ohheymama #breastfeeding #breastfeedingmom #breastfeed #breastfeedingmama #breastfeedingjourney #extendedbreastfeeding #fulltermbreastfeeding #attachmentparenting #gentleparenting #naturalparenting #breastfeedingsupport #breastfedbaby #breastfed #breastfedtoddler #nursingmom #outdoorfurniture

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It’s so amazing that I was able to feed my baby boy all these vitamins and nutrients through these products my ENTIRE pregnancy and give birth to a healthy 8 pounds 7 ounces 22 inches long baby 💙 Now not only do I get to fit into my prepregnancy clothes when I got home but I get to continue feeding him all the vitamins and nutrients in these products through the milk my body is producing. I will forever be amazed by a women’s body and what it is capable of especially after experienced the c section after three natural births! . . . . . #twoundertwo #exclusivelybreastfeeding #csection #csectionmama #csectionbirth #breastfeeding #breastfeedingmoms #breastfeedingjourney #postpartum #postpregnancy #melisaspostpartumjourney #momof5 #momof4 #transformation #rawmotherhood #motherhoodjourney #instagood #sahm #bossbabe #breastfeedingmama

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Do your kids think it's hilarious when you pretend to nibble their toes? Maddie thinks it is so funny. What a good reminder that sometimes we just need to chill out and laugh at the little things.

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and then you were One 🌟. ________________ • Being a Mum has always been a dream, my passion you could say. Since a very young age all I’ve ever felt natural doing is caring for babies, cuddly toys, animals & people. I love to love & touch & feel fulfilment when I know I’ve made someone feel good or cared for. When I was in my 20s I struggled greatly with depression & anxiety (another story for another day) & I would think “if only I was a Mum I will be cured”, “il feel better”. All I can say is, Im so glad it happened in my 30s (for me) I’ve grown, I’ve had fun, I’ve travelled & I’ve learnt so much that I can give to my son, which I would’ve never known in my 20s. Im so blessed he chose me as his Mum and chose the time he wanted to arrive in my life. My life isn’t perfect, my mental health isn’t perfect & something i will always battle with daily. But I’m grounded, I’m much more equipped to deal with another life who solely relies on me. He teaches me & I will always teach him the best I know how. A year ago yesterday he was born & I was born, my second journey in this lifetime. A mother 🌿. _______________ 📸 @richie_aust86 #mother #oneyearold #happybaby #breastfeeding #breastfeedingjourney #newmumlife #firsttimemum #memories #familyphotography #familylife #mumblogger #instadaily #instamum #mumsofinstagram #playaccountsconnect #meetamummysunday #sharethelove #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthawareness #kindesscounts #30something #dearbaby #earlychildhoodeducator #earlyyears #childhoodmemories #nurserynurse #senco

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I can’t believe my little love is already two weeks old!! 😭 where did the time go!? I need more hours in the day to spend with her 💕

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Hello, hello, hello everybody! It has most definitely been a while💛 I’ve not been feeling great physically so a break from my phone has come with it, I’m feeling a lot better now though and am happy to be back 🥰😀 I really hope you’ve all been well? . . I finally finished this tandem feeding Mama a couple of weeks back (minus the glazing), and have now finally taken a few photos to show you .. good things take time, right? 😁💛 I just love her ‘updo’ hairstyle and will definitely be styling more Mamas with their hair up 🥰 . . Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday, it feels lovely to be back 💛

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One whole year of breastfeeding my beautiful baby girl! 12 months and 12 baby teeth later, we're still going 😂 and I am so proud that we have achieved this milestone together. This year has been the most incredible, challenging, truly magical year of my life. Thank you to all those who supported our journey along the way, you know who you are and I am always grateful. Advice for new mummies- Never give up on a bad day ❤️ I love you Ruby🌹💝 #breastfeedingmama #oneyearold #goldenboobies #breastfeedingjourney

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Motherhood is a journey. It changes you... mentally, physically, emotionally. For months after my twins were born, sleep became a foreign concept, my tummy was still a bulge, I was losing hair like nobody’s business and I had no time to do anything. My days consisted only of pumping, feeding, changing or doing laundry. Double-time. Basically, I was a complete mess. 😫 . While I saw the dilapidation of my body every time I stood in front of the mirror, I did my best to remind myself of how this amazing biological marvel grew TWO human beings. And every time I saw the boys giggle or smile or hit a milestone, it reminded me how all of this was worth it. . . Being a mom is a 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 day full time job. Don’t be so hard on yourself. We all have bad days, and one bad day will not make you a bad mom. Trying your best is enough. You are enough. Remember that to your babe, you are everything. 💗🌎 . Art by @wonder_doodles . #storkanddove #lactationcookies #breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingmama #motherhoodintheraw #motherhood #normalizebreastfeeding #boobyboons #youarenenough #momcommunity #thisismotherhood #motherhoodjourney #honestmom #postpartumbody #fourthtrimester #survivingmotherhood #nursingmom #fedisbest #postpartum #motherhoodunplugged #thegoodmommovement #momsupportingmoms #newmom #newmama

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Nursing my kids has been one of the most challenging things I have ever done. . . . Caleb’s nursing journey was easier in some ways, and harder in others. He wailed in the NICU from the moment he was born to the moment they put him on my chest. He latched right away, perfectly. Even with a lip and a tongue tie. I think because of my traumatic labor, my milk took longer to come in, so we had to supplement. It was defeating trying SNS and not producing enough for him, but I kept on. My milk came in fully about a month after he was born. We exclusively breastfed for about 4 more months before introducing some solids and supplementing again when Mark had him. I was never able to produce more than what he needed and I didn’t have a stock of pumped milk. He was hard to try and wean and we stayed on his journey well into toddlerhood, finally breaking off the need to nurse to fall asleep. He still has an obsession with my boobs. It is what it is, he’ll grow out of it eventually. 😂🤷🏻‍♀️. I was also really modest when I nursed Caleb. I always had a cover, even at home, and he always could find the nipple with no problem, so it was easy that way. . . . With Asher, it’s boobs out. Maybe because I’m older and wiser and give less f*** s about what people think of my boobs doing what they were made to do. He also doesn’t latch well, I always have to guide it after lots of rooting, smacking and snorting. Sometimes I have to hold it there. He doesn’t have a tongue tie, he just has a different style. He’s also stopped taking a bottle this last week. We started our journey supplementing again until my milk came in fully, and now we are exclusively nursing, which is so time consuming. I don’t do well staying idle, and I’m trying to get things done. I’ll figure it out, but it’s not without its challenges. I’m soaking in this time with him, because it’s fleeting. For now, I’ll take all the snuggles and gazes. 💙 #asherelliottforrest #breastfeeding #breastfeedingjourney #fedisbest

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When I was younger I never thought I would get married or have kids. Here I am, at 32 years old, married with 2.5 kids. . . . Someone asked me recently, “how do you know how to be a mom?” I think it’s a lot of instinct and relying on your village for support when you don’t know what to do. I have relied hugely on those 2 things. Nothing makes you grow up like becoming a parent. Your wants, needs, autonomy come last and the needs of the tiny humans come first. You eat last. Your eyes open to the wonders of the world as you watch your children discover everything for the first time. You would literally give your life for theirs. It’s a love and a protection unmatched. It is the most challenging, frustrating, and yet rewarding job in the world. . . . Motherhood is beautiful. With Caleb I struggled. I had already been parenting Markie, but he was 8 when I came into his life, and he was only with us half the time. Here I was, starting from scratch, and this little person was completely helpless and reliant on me. Thank God my babies have been good, healthy babies. I’ve found my earth mama groove, and this time around has been easier in a lot of ways. With Caleb, I was worried about doing everything right and now I know I’m doing the best I can. Babies need a full belly, a clean butt, a warm, safe place to sleep, and lots of love. Love abounds. 💜 #asherelliottforrest #breastfeeding #breastfeedingjourney #rainbowbaby #fedisbest

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