TWO! I am a very proud mama bear. Last Friday our youngest turned two.
We had planned for two children. Since going child-free was not our plan we at least planned for zero population growth on our biological part to be kind to Mother Earth.
Two years on the boob. This was a goal that we took one day at a time to aim to meet WHO (World Health Organization) recommendation of two years even in industrialized nations. I have so many people in my tribe to thank for supporting this journey… we will go until May to get through cold and flu season.
Two kids making it two years on the boob. Heck yeah I am super proud this is a feat I met for both our boys! I still cannot believe we did it.
Two years post-partum – this is a time-period I stress like a broken record to my prenatal and postpartum yoga clients. In the ayurvedic tradition it takes two years for a woman’s body to heal after the effort of pregnancy and childbirth. Three years for maximum benefit of spacing for siblings is not a cross-cultural and cross-temporal coincidence for nothing.
My post-partum recovery after this second kiddo has been a struggle compared to our first. My nervous system was shot for a while early on, then I stopped metabolizing iron for months which only added to fatigue, and finally the lingering stress fracture and recovery with my foot. I am convinced the foot thing was contributed to by the trials of my post-partum body. Right now I am heavy, have pathetic cardio endurance, and a still healing foot.
Right now I am super proud of my TWO accomplishments and using them as joyful motivation to drop the weight I have piled on in the last year as I continue to nourish myself to better nourish others. By the way that is the mantra I mention most often to the mamas in the Baby + Me Yoga classes I lead.
What are the truths you are beyond proud of that you are currently living day to day?
Happy show your bewbies in everyone’s face to be obnoxious week or month! NO, NOT REALLY even though that is how some in the general public seem to perceive this time period.
Yesterday was the last day of World Breastfeeding Week and the end of the first week for National Breastfeeding Month. This is a time to celebrate this simple act that mothers can do for their children. Breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition for kiddos and has a number of health benefits for mothers.
Breastfeeding is a choice for many and an impossibility for some. In that spectrum women face all kinds of Boobie Traps to limit this act including sentiment from others that makes this week and month so important for normalization within our culture. See Best for Babes as a great resource for avoiding cultural boobie traps and your local La Leche League if you need support.
Medical experts from the WHO (World Health Organization) to our own US Surgeon General highly recommend breastfeeding even though you more often then not hear small-minded people or about small-minded actions like a store telling a breastfeeding mother she is not welcomed or more recently a national airline stating their policy is for passengers to coverup (even though not all babies allow themselves to be covered while being fed). The pop culture naysayers are the louder voice in this dialogue every time.
I love this time as health organizations, brands aimed at nursing mothers, and everyday breastfeeding supporters stand united to say this is an encouraged, normalized act if a woman makes this choice.
I am one of those everyday supporters and have had the proud fortune of having my boobies displayed feeding my son in a great many places online this week with one of my favorite brands. Earth Mama Angel Baby which produces non-toxic wellness products for families used an image of me and my infant from a photo shoot in late June to kick off this month.
Thank you EMAB for what you do everyday to provide support for women and families. Thank you everyone supporting this world week and national month as we work towards normalization in our culture for healthy mamas and babies.
For me this image of me and my son has another piece of significance. Women of color are not often big parts of the breastfeeding discussion in America. As a Blacktina I know that many of my Black peers do not breastfeed as often as other profiled groups. I stand behind this image for many reasons. As a note though I do know many Black women who breastfeed. I hope this national trend continues to narrow the disparity gap.