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Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Breast Resolution Ever

This post was written as part of the weekly Breastfeeding Blog Hop hosted by Slacker Mom and cohosted by The Gnome’s Mom and Happiness Redefined. Visit the links below and link up your own story or leave a comment!

I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry for using that pun. I'm bad at titles, and I just couldn't help myself. Now I'm stuck with it.

Anyway, last week's post for the breastfeeding blog hop was about how the past year of breastfeeding went down. This week's theme is Breastfeeding Goals for the New Year.

Breastfeeding has become such a part of my life that it's almost a non-issue. It's what I do. I couldn't picture my life without it. I've let go of expectations, stereotypes, and challenges. I take each day as it comes (can you believe I accidentally just typoed "as tit comes"? Seriously. What's with me and the puns tonight?).

So when I thought about writing down my breastfeeding goals, my first thought was, I don't have any. I expect that I'll probably nurse Little M throughout 2012. There's a slight chance he might wean because he's a feisty little devil and can be fiercely independent. But there's also a chance that he might nurse well past this year, because he is the snuggliest little mama-lover in the world.

And then I realized: weaning is my challenge. It was my insecurity with Baby T, and was my biggest challenge when it comes to breastfeeding and parenting in general. It is the one part of parenting that I will always wonder whether I did it right. I've posted before about how I lost confidence in my own decisions because I listened to everyone else.

My breastfeeding goal for 2012 is to listen to myself. I'm more confident this time around, but I also care a lot less about what others think. I'm ready to take this year on doing what's right for me. Granted, I can be wishy-washy, and I have had times when I've forgotten exactly what is right for me. But instead of looking for advice first, I'm going to look inside myself.

It's cliche, I know. But the answers are all there.

Be sure to check out the first year of The Breastfeeding Blog Hop archived at Life with Levi!


Marah Mumma said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks for this post! and thanks for linking up! i also need to be reminded of this!

mindee butcher said... Best Blogger Tips

good for you for doing whats best for you, us moms sometimes seem to forget that we need to do that at times

Tmuffin said... Best Blogger Tips

Sometimes just writing this blog helps me to remember! You get so many comments and so much well-meaning advice, sometimes it's hard to keep your head clear.

Tmuffin said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm probably just not going to shut up about it because I need the constant reminder too!

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips

I can hardly think of a better resolution! Trusting yourself is HUGE :) Happy breastfeeding. x

Jacqui said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this post! I definitely need constant reminders to trust my gut and to take it one day at a time!

Suzanne~Natureduo said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so glad you posted this! I've already been asked by people if we will wean before or exactly at 12 months. I've always had it in my mind that we will nurse for 1-2 yrs and I need to remember not to let others influence me.

Ryanna Battiste said... Best Blogger Tips

the answers are in your boobs! love this. <3

Tmuffin said... Best Blogger Tips

Ha! I never thought of it that way before!

Tmuffin said... Best Blogger Tips

That's awesome! Own it! When people ask, tell them your plan! You will likely educate them as to the benefits of nursing!

Tmuffin said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so glad this resonated with you!

Tmuffin said... Best Blogger Tips

Yay!! Happy breastfeeding!

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