Happy Breastfeeding Awareness Month!

It's World Breastfeeding Week and the start of Breastfeeding Awareness Month. But unlike a month designated to bring attention to an illness and its prevention or treatment, breastfeeding is really something to be celebrated. We nursing mamas spend weeks and even years nourishing our little ones, and that certainly deserves a pat on the back.

BE PROUD

A mom's breastfeeding journey is as individual as her newborn baby. She may choose to nurse exclusively or supplement with formula. She may nurse for six weeks or six months. Whatever amount of time mom nurses baby for is just right for her. It's time to be proud of yourself for making sure your baby is growing and thriving.

The majority of moms are in a lot of discomfort at the beginning nursing. For most, the pain eventually goes away but it can take weeks or even months. Think about how strong you are to push through that pain. It's quite a feat you've performed!

How about nursing in public...how scary can that be at first?!?! Our whole lives we're conditioned to cover up our private parts in public and here we are "exposing our breasts" at the shopping mall! Once you get past the dread of breastfeeding out in the world, you realize you aren't an exhibitionist at all. You're just a mom trying to breastfeed her baby. Way to go mama for getting over that fear.

MOMMY GUILT

The moment a person becomes a mom, this nagging, terrible thing referred to as mommy guilt rears its ugly head. She wonders if baby is getting enough food, sleep and love. She worries that she's not there for him enough or that she's around too much. She stays up wondering about his future and if she can provide the very best for him. And when she feels that she's not doing the right thing for baby, she feels immense guilt.

So this Breastfeeding Awareness Month, let's try to put aside our fears and guilty feelings. Let's instead give ourselves the kudos we deserve.

Next time you feel the urge to be down on yourself and your mothering skills, please stop and remember you're doing the best you can. All you can ever do is your best.

So during this Breastfeeding Awareness Month, take the time to acknowledge your wins, however small they may be. We at Udderly Hot Mama work to provide you with stylish, easy and discreet nursing tops and pumping shirts. For us, that's a big win.

You are the best mom and baby is lucky to have you.

The information contained on this site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician and/or lactation consultant.