A Tribute to the Mothers Who Breastfeed Their Babies

Aymes Sarah
5 min readDec 18, 2019

And why we feel we cannot celebrate this accomplishment

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I have always been a “fed is best” type of mother. Motherhood is hard for every woman so we should be encouraging and congratulating each other whenever possible. Nevertheless, especially in some internet communities, a woman celebrating her breastfeeding journey can be misconstrued as being “holier than thou”. When in reality, all she wants to do is express her happiness at succeeding at something that is very tough.

I am writing this article to congratulate the women who were able to breastfeed. When talking to other mothers who have nursed their babies, they have felt that they were not able to vocalize their pride in doing so. This is because they were met with defensive statements from some women who were not able to breastfeed. I have even heard of people saying that any mammal can lactate so we shouldn’t be proud of nursing our babies! We want to celebrate our achievement, and we do not do this to make our counterparts feel inadequate. We breastfeeding mothers think mothers who use formula are amazing but we want to toot our own horn too!

I have many friends and family who formula-fed their infants and they have never made me feel this way. I would sometimes notice a longing to be able to do it, or a grimace at how painful it looked. However, I was lucky to be surrounded by strong women who were proud of their own journey in motherhood. They inspired me to keep going and I am forever thankful to them for that.

We should all be proud of what we do as mothers. However, in this piece, I am going to explain the sacrifices nursing mothers have made and why we should be proud of them. I am going to praise us who breastfed our babies, without apology and humility!

I was very lucky to be able to breastfeed my daughter for eleven months. I say lucky, but it wasn’t just luck, it was perseverance. I worked hard every day to make sure I “got it right” in the early weeks of Willow’s life. You have to hold the baby a certain way, make sure their latch is correct, and worry about whether or not they are gaining weight. Since we cannot gauge the amount of milk they are consuming, there is no way to know if your baby is gaining until you weigh them. We feed our babies frequently to make…

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Aymes Sarah

Wife, mother, and researcher of a myriad of subjects. I love to write about anything and everything! Writer for The Startup, Better Marketing, & The Ascent👊