My son recently went to the Medina County Fair, as we do every year. He is only two, (three at the end of this month.) But he loves animals, and he wants a pony.
Daddy Get you, he says pointing to the pony. Daddy get you Mommy horse too, because babies need milkies.
My husband and I laughed. He gets it. That babies need there Mommies. The things that come out of his mouth.
But then again he was breastfed, and understands that yes, ALL babies need Milkies!
Unfortunately we did not buy the pony or the Mommy horse.
This weekend I was reminded how every living creature is intelligent in their own way. We need to respect every living being, even if they are not human.
Every year my family has a reunion on our family farm, as we have done for 151 years. My son and I were looking at three cows. All of them were new mothers like myself. The mothers fed them from their udders, like I fed my son from my breast. He soon realized that they had nipples just like me. He started to get excited and wildly wave his hands and arms about. I laughed and told him that Mommy can’t produce gallons of milk like those Mommies can.
The cows stared at us and looked at my son and I. I believe they saw he was smaller than I, and that I was a new Mother too.
Cows are such gentle and inquisitive creatures, and for those few minutes we had an understanding and mutual respect for one another. I nodded and my son waved. They nodded back and we went back to our daily lives. They turned away and went back to theirs. Yes we are mothers. We are still learning. I respect them, and they respect me.
My son has been teething lately, and has been drooling massive amounts. Last night he was nursing himself to sleep. I thought he had been drooling on me, so I really didn’t care. He kept playing in his drool. Then I realized this “drool” smelled terrible, and it was sticky! It was spit up. He was smearing it all over himself and me. I couldn’t help but laugh.
I am currently breastfeeding my 8 month old son. It has completely changed the way I think about breasfeeding. I have heard some women don’t want to give up breasfeeding their children! Before I was a mother, I didn’t understand why. Now I do. Here is why….
1. Your body is providing your baby with nourishment. How cool is that?!
2. It is social time for them! (Babies love to smile and talk while they are having a snack.)
3. Breastfeeding is a bond that only your child and you share. (I like to think of it as Mommy and baby time.)
4. It has many health benefits that are long lasting.
5. The milk always fresh and the right temperature, when it comes directly from the tap.
6. Did you know breast milk has similar properties cannabis? (Cool!)
7. It tastes like sugar water.
8. Breastfeeding in public boosts your self esteem. (You have to be very confident to do this, and not give a flying fuck what anyone else thinks!)
We as mothers do whatever we can to provide. Even if it is not right from the tap. But I must say, I enjoy the special bond I have with my son because of breastfeeding. It has helped me to become a more confidant mother!