WELCOME Carnival of Breastfeeding Readers!!
I always knew that I would breastfeed. When I was in college, I spent a semester studying in Kenya and I remember seeing all of the moms there carrying their babies on their backs while they did their work and breastfeeding. I always thought that would be me. I never imagined, however, how much breastfeeding and becoming a mother would change my life!
Even when I was pregnant, I never imagined staying home with my son. I always thought I would be dying to go back to work once the baby came. I never could have imagined how I would pass my day “just at home” with my baby. Even in my “Kenyan dreams” I always imagined going back to work with my baby on my back and never letting becoming a mom change anything – I would just work and carry and feed my baby. Of course, in my “real world” bringing my baby to work wasn’t an option. I had planned to take three months off, but figured I would be very eager to go back to work once the time was over.
BOY WAS I WRONG!
I cried for a whole week before going back to work. I couldn’t imagine being away from my baby and having someone else care for him! I actually ended up taking four months of maternity leave, not the three that I had originally planned.
Well, one week shy of four months, I went back to work. I started on a Monday (if I had to do that over, I would definitely start mid-week!) and it was a tough week. I was breastfeeding, and my son was a nibbler, so I had to pump often. My son nursed every hour during the day, but I couldn’t pump that often, so I pumped every two hours at work. That was FOUR TIMES a day! It was stressful and difficult, but I did it. I missed my son, I missed my “other life” that I had established while I was out on maternity leave. It was full of play dates and mommy groups! I lived vicariously through my nanny who went to all of the play dates and support groups in my place!
I lasted until my son was 15 months old. I had pretty high-profile corporate job which required long hours in the office and lots of out-of-town travel. I was lucky that my nanny was willing to travel with me – so for most of my business trips, I took her and my baby with me. It was a lot of work for all of us and after 15 months, I decided that I wanted to spend more time with my son. I had been exploring other “career options” and even went on a few job interviews. I was still breastfeeding, although only pumping once per day by this point. My son and I had a very difficult time getting started with breastfeeding and ultimately I decided that I wanted to find a way to help other new moms be successful at breastfeeding.
When my son was 15 months old, I left my corporate job and stayed home for 4 months. During those first four months I enjoyed every minute with my son! I didn’t even think about my new career yet – I went to mommy groups and play dates and took my son to his music lessons and swim lessons and the park and the zoo and everything else you can imagine. I just enjoyed being a mom!!
Then in January of 2007, after the holidays were over, I started formulating my business idea. And four months later, A Mother’s Boutique officially opened for business!! I love my job and the time that it gives me with my family! I love helping new moms! I write articles and participate in breastfeeding support groups. In October of 2008, I started this blog to be able to give back even more to moms everywhere! It has been a wonderful journey!
How did breastfeeding change your life? What things did you imagine? And what parts took you by surprise? My journey has taken to places I never dreamed I would be – both personally and professionally. I’d love to hear more about yours!
Thanks for visiting the Carnival of Breastfeeding for May! Take a look at these other great blogs and their posts which are part of this carnival (this list will be updated throughout the day)! Please leave us a comment to share your stories too!!
- Strocel: The Story Of Hannah’s Weaning
- Laura’s Blog: Weaning A Toddler
- Stepping Off The Spaceship: Life Death And Nourishment
- So Fawned: Sticking With It: Our Breastfeeding Story
- And All That Sazz: Flying Breastmilk
- GrudgeMom: Breastfeeding Failures and Success
- Baby Carriers Down Under: Kandy
- Massachusetts Friends of Midwives: Ben’s story: The best breastfeeding advice, from the least likely source
- Blisstree: Breastfeeding 1-2-3: The “I Told You So”
- Chronicles of a Nursing Mom: Breastfeeding is not easy but is definitely best for baby
- Breastfeeding Mums Blog: Breastfeeding Made Me The Mother I Am
- Motherwear’s Breastfeeding Blog: Story week post #1: “They said the latch was fine.”
- The Towells: For Women in My Situation
- Zen Mommy: Celebrating my chest, in honor of breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding Moms Unite: Can Early Piublic Breastfeeding Sightings Shape One’s Future Breastfeeding Practices?
- Blacktating: Nursing in Public
- Crystal Gold: A Found Memory