My Breastfeeding Journey; Through pregnancy, tandem feeding, trauma and beyond.

Max and I during a photoshoot with The Australian Breastfeeding Project.

It has been 5 days since my 2-year-old had his last feed, and it is slowly sinking in that after 4 years, 1 month and 23 days, my breastfeeding journey has come to an end. Last night at bedtime, he didn’t even ask for his “mummy milk.” I’m grateful that Max is ready to move on, but a little piece of me is crying on the inside knowing that I will never breastfeed again.

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For The Exhausted Mum Who Thinks She Should Be “Doing Better.”

Photo by Taryn Elliott from Pexels

A few months ago, or possibly even a year ago now (hard to keep track in 2020!), I was having a bad day. A really bad day. I was majorly sleep deprived with my youngest teething and my 3yr old well, being a 3yr old! I was in tears to a friend because I hadn’t been as calm as I wanted to be with my toddler. “I know better!” I was saying to her, “Why didn’t I do better?!” I was filled with guilt and felt like a bad mum. This day stands out in my mind because it highlights to me how much pressure I was putting on myself to do better, no matter what.

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A Lesson from my Child

Earlier today, my 3yr old wanted to do some chalk drawings with me. He said “you can draw a dinosaur.” Now, I’m no artist (can you tell!), but when he saw my attempt at a Stegosaurus he exclaimed “Wow, mummy! That’s amazing! You DID it!!” He was so excited and genuinely impressed and I thought, how perfect is that! My little boy didn’t see the imperfections, he saw the beauty, the intention, the achievement and joy in creating purely for the sake of creating.

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