The first week in August marks World Breastfeeding Week, hailed by thousands who use this specially designated time to promote and celebrate the wonder that is a woman’s ability to provide nurture and nutrients to her child straight from her own body.
To be able to breastfeed our children is a remarkable gift that is unique to us as women and certainly worthy of honoring and having a dialogue about on an international scale.
In light of this, though, we recognize that there are some who may feel put off or isolated by this, such as mothers who wished and planned to breastfeed but had those plans derailed by factors outside of their control or women who, for whatever reason, decided not to breastfeed at all.
I believe there is a place for all of these stories and viewpoints at the collective table of motherhood. As a mother who chose both, I wanted to share my story.