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We're celebrating World Breastfeeding Week. And even if you don't breastfeed, it's well worth celebrating. We know that breastfeeding can mean different things to different people, and every relationship, in all their intricacies, is just as valid as another. So, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, here's to the ability to make milk, even if you choose not to continue.
Here's to every mom who gritted her teeth through the pain of the early latch, who felt the sting of the let down, who couldn't bear it anymore and stopped. Here's to every mom who is going the distance. Here's to every mom who found what worked for her, choosing the formula that their baby loved or could tolerate. Here's to every mom who had to return to work and switched to bottle feeding. Here's to the bottles, the endless rotation of bottles that we constantly fill, empty, wash and repeat. Here's to the witching hours, when the world is quiet and you feel only you and your baby exist. Here's to the nursing bras that offer comfort for both engorgement and weaning and the ultimate genius of the clip-down front for easy feeding. Here's to the pumps that make milk accessible, that help us get back to work, that make feeding with a tongue tie possible. Here's to the cabbage, the nipple creams, the ice packs, the pillows, the massagers and the buffet of accoutrements that make breastfeeding that bit easier
Here's to the look your baby gives you as you feed them, however you choose to – that heart-filling look that you cherish forever. Here's to knowing your baby is nourished, whether by breast or by bottle. And here's to you mama. You know what's best for you and your baby and you should feel supported to do what feels right
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