Papa Mermy and Baby Mermy have a beautiful bond. When Papa Mermy comes home from work, Baby Mermy lights up with the biggest smile on his face and starts squirming in my arms, trying to escape to get to his papa! It’s the sweetest, most beautiful expression of love and it does a mama’s heart good to see her two favourite men being each other’s lovey-doveys. But, it wasn’t always this way. Not for me. Bonding with the baby in those first two weeks was extremely difficult and seeing Papa Mermy do it with such ease made me feel really insecure as a mother.
Breastfeeding is not always easy nor does it always come as naturally as one would hope. As I said here, it took me a little while to adjust to breastfeeding, but I am so glad that I continued despite the pain and discomfort. I have now been breastfeeding my son for over 9 months, and will continue to do so until Baby Mermy decides to wean himself off. To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and the pledge to breastfeed in public, I want to share my experiences and thoughts on breastfeeding in public.
Before and during pregnancy, I was very nervous about how I would breastfeed my baby in public. How could I just pull my boob out to feed my little nursling? How would I drape myself in the nursing cover? What if I exposed my boob, side-boob, or any part thereof? Should I get the one that allowed me to peek down at Baby Mermy or should I get the one that draped like a scarf? Papa Mermy and I discussed bottle feeding breast milk when I started to feel overwhelmed (pregnancy hormones probably didn’t help), but that didn’t feel like the right solution for us either. Continue reading