Dear Reese, I Am Sad Our Breastfeeding Journey Has Ended...

Dear Reese,

I am sad that our breastfeeding journey has come to a close. It has been one of the most challenging, emotional, stressful, demanding yet absolutely beautiful journeys of my life. I can't believe it has been 15 months of breastfeeding already. Thank you for restoring my confidence!

I remember just hoping to be able to breastfeed, especially after finding out about your milk protein allergy. I am so proud of myself for sticking with it, and doing whatever it took to ensure I gave it and you my best shot, even if it meant a strict diet, pumping twice per day for 7 months, overcoming mastitis (twice) and two failed weaning attempts. You are worth it, and I wouldn't change it for the world!

I am overjoyed that I got to experience the bonding that breastfeeding initiated for us. I have learned so much through this experience, about myself, you and motherhood. Being a breastfeeding, working, mother of two has manifested a confidence in me that I didn't know that I still had.

Mama's, we need to give ourselves more credit. We should all feel that much more confident. We take care of home, ourselves, our husbands, while sacrificing ourselves and our bodies. This time, I made  a conscious effort to turn around my thinking and let the balancing act be my confidence rather than my burden and as a result I started to see many opportunities both personally and professionally come my way.

Whether you breast feed, formula feed, bottle feed or other, you are doing what is best for your baby and you should be absolutely proud of yourself for that. 

Reese, you have made me a more confident, assertive, bad ass mom. The strength necessary to push through thus far is sourced through you. I enjoyed being your lifeline through breastfeeding this past year, and now babygirl you are forever  mine.