I recognize that many women have difficulties breastfeeding, but for me, breastfeeding was one of the best times of my life. It was one of the times in my life in which I felt like a superstar.
Did I have sore nipples? You betcha.
Did I struggle at first with my daughter’s latch, enduring a shallow latch and in turn, bloody nipples? Yes! TMI?
Despite the tough first few weeks, I felt like a champion when I nursed. I didn’t have to worry about all the parenting strategies that I do now, such as redirection, positive discipline, socialization, and more. All I had to do was be me, be present for my baby, and nurse her.
I recognize that I just easily summed up the infancy stage in three breezy words when the reality is that the first year of a child’s life can be exhausting, demanding, and stressful. But for me, I felt confident. I didn’t know much yet about motherhood and I wasn’t always sure I was 100 percent correct, but I always knew I was responsive to my baby.