A Letter to Ella – “The Joy of Nursing”

4 Comments 04 August 2010

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.

Dear Ella,

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 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!

Your Mother

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  1. Kate says:

    This is just beautiful! I can say I share some of the same tender experiences with breastfeeding my 24 month old daughter. You’ve inspired me to write my own letter!

    Though I don’t always leave a comment when I visit your site, I just want to say how much I appreciate what you do and how much I enjoy your site!!!!

    • bringbirthhome says:

      Thank you so much Kate for dropping by to leave a comment. I hope you do write your daughter a letter. It’s emotionally cleansing. :)

  2. Annie says:

    Ah, you got me! All teary sitting here at work at my desk. This is so beautiful. The part that got me most was this: “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.”–I hadn’t really had that as a coherent thought, but I know so well and love that moment after nursing! They are so transparent with what they need and the needs are so strong at each moment, and what a feeling to know you’ve fully satisfied one need and given them that momentary boost to move on to their next adventure. :)

    • bringbirthhome says:

      I’m glad you liked the post, Annie. Isn’t it incredible watching them run off? Ella says, “all done,” and lets herself down to go play. It takes me a moment to get up – I’m so absorbed in wonder. :)

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