Real Mom Stories

My Breastfeeding Story

My Breastfeeding Story

Photo by Keetch Miller Photography

Looking back at this photo, I want to reach through the computer screen and give my two week postpartum self a huge hug and tell her that it's going to get better. 

I'm a planner, type A by nature. Breastfeeding was important to me. While pregnant, I dragged Matt to a breastfeeding class because I thought it would be beneficial for us both to be prepared. I read a book, cover to cover, and highlighted noteworthy sentences. What I didn't know then, is that sometimes your agenda and your baby's agenda don't quite match up.

Ava Elinor's Birth Story

Ava Elinor's Birth Story

When you're pregnant, it's remarkable how many people want to share their birth stories with you. However, people wanted to tell me about the pain or sudden complications they faced. In order to have the birth I envisioned for my daughter, I decided to ignore all these story tellers. Surprisingly, my answer was to turn to the internet. Here, I found a multitude of positive birth stories. Reading these anecdotes helped remove most of my fears associated with childbirth. These stranger's stories educated and most importantly, encouraged me. I want to share my story with the hopes that maybe I too can inspire and inform another mom to be.