To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, I am going to write my daughter, Ella Rose, a letter. I’m going to tell her what a joy nursing her has been, and how I never imagined it would have such a deep impact on me, her, and our relationship as a whole.
Hi baby cakes.
I’m writing you this letter to let you know how special breastfeeding you has been for me.
When I found out you were growing in my belly, I felt so excited! Suddenly there was so much to look forward to, and a lot of work to do to prepare for your arrival.
A few things were very important to me right away.
For one, I started taking very good care of myself. I ate really healthy foods, which was important because what I ate made it’s way to you in my belly!
I took my time with daily activities and marveled at the shape of my stomach getting bigger and bigger. It was getting big because you were growing big inside me!
I began day dreaming about what kind of mother I would be like. Two things I planned to do were http://bringbirthhome.com/birth-at-home/ella-rose-born-at-home/ and breastfeeding.
Both of those things happened.
It was such a wonderful experience welcoming you into the world at home.
After you were born, you were placed on top of my chest. My body was your first bed inside and outside of the womb.
I feel honored to be your mother.
That feeling has grown through the months, your first year of your life, to now. Every day I love you more than yesterday and less than tomorrow. Your daddy says that to me sometimes. Isn’t that sweet?
Because I stay at home with you, rather than going back to work, we have shared some very intimate times together.
I am always here when you need me. You’ve learned to tell me when you’re hungry by saying, “mama!” so full of anticipation.
We sit down or lie down together, and you fill your stomach with the milk from my breasts and get nice and full.
Do you remember how we’ve looked at each other? How we have gazed into each others eyes? I cherish those moments and hold the memories close to my heart.
You are such a sweet soul, my darling girl.
Your love is tender and your heart is kind. You are brave and adventurous. I admire you.
I have watched you race away after a meal with a different hunger – one to learn the wonder of the world. It leaves me speechless every time.
Nursing you has surprised me in wonderful ways.
There were no expectations set for what was to be. But I can say now, I am so grateful for our success.
Watching your legs become strong, your stomach become full and your hair grow long is a testament to the miraculous way mothers feed their young. We did it!
Thank you for teaching me this very important and sacred lesson, Ella.
You have taught me so much about patience, understanding, and love.
I Love You SO Much!