I’ve always been sensitive about my breastfeeding journey. I was only able to breastfeed my children for 1-2 weeks before I had to supplememt with formula. My milk supply would never come in. I went to see specialists, and though I followed all their tips and instructions they gave me, it still wasn’t going well. Even after my latch was corrected. My low point came when my lactation consultant suggested I try and pump my breast, and when I tried I could barely fill the bottom rim of a bottle. I was discouraged and heart broken. Even today I feel like I could have been better. I was extremely stressed, which didn’t help in regards to producing milk, and I eventually learned that having a c-section and the medications involved before and after had a significant effect on my milk supply as well. I continually engaged nurses who told me ,”Oh everyone can breastfeed” Which lead me to believe there was something wrong with me. I felt judged every time I would prepare my baby’s bottle with formula. Then my husband said, “He (Cahlil) won’t look at you any different. You are still his Mommy.” He was absolutely right. Although all my children received the colostrum in the hospital I never was able to come to peace with my breastfeeding struggle. Over time I have learn to be ok with it. I know the wonderful benefits associated with breastfeeding, and I am now even a certified breastfeeding peer counselor (I had the hardest time in that class btw). Although I did not succeed, it does not make me less of a mother. So for all you mommas out there struggling or are breastfeeding champs I applaud you. Keep giving your baby the best, and the next time you see a mom pull out formula and judge remember everyone’s story is different, and it absolutely does not make her less of a mother. You all are queens in my eyes. Happy Breastfeeding Awareness Month to you all! ☺
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Hello everyone, and happy Monday to you all. With everything that is going on in Houston and the surrounding areas I just want to encourage you tonight. I read an Instagram post that said the best thing about a natural disaster is that it brings out the best in human beings. In times of disaster or heartbreak for pain our strongest defense is to remain positive. It is to remain hopeful. When you walk into a room to be a shifter. Aspired to lift spirits. Aspire to change the negative to the positive. I always want to have a presence that commands the room in a positive way. Filling the room with happiness and genuine concern. Although I cannot change what is going on in Texas I can provide a listening ear and a word of encouragement to those I know in the mist of it. It is normal to feel down in times like these, but don’t give up. You are strong. You are blessed. You are a child of God. My prayers always thought of you. May God protect you and keep you safe. Be well you guys.
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Hi Everyone! Happy Tuesday to you! I have been gone way to long… Lol! I have been so busy with weddings galore, birthday parties, and other events. Although I had a great time, it has been hard to get back into the groove of writing and organizing my thoughts. Oh my husband and I have also made the decision to transition into a more plant base diet. We won’t be getting rid of meat completely (because we love it), but I have been preparing more vegetarian meals. I’m pleased to say that it has been going very well.
Tonight I want to talk about finding your strength base. Have you ever felt like you don’t have a firm grip on the events that are happening in your life? Have you ever felt overwhelmed? From the outside looking in you appear to have everything together, but inside you are dying? I have been there before, and it is not a good feeling. Life has a way to throw us out of balance. It knocks us down. It damn near punches us in the face, but we can decide to overcome it all!
You must learn to find your strength base. Maybe it is your faith. Maybe it is your family. It could even come from the escape of work. Finding strength in times of trouble has never been easy. I usually have a routine that gets me back in the sync of things, but as of lately it hasn’t always been working. So what do I do? Well deep breathing always works, and repeating words of affirmation. Get in the habit of calming yourself down. You could even have a strength base buddy. Someone you can turn to in times of need that will steer you back into your “normal” lane.
There is a quote by L.B. Conman that says, “Strength is not found in busyness and noise, but in quietness.” Your struggle doesn’t have to be loud. Everyone doesn’t need to know. You can find your peace and strength in just being still. Pray, meditate, learn to love all of your mistakes. Learn to love all of you and forgive those who have continually hurt you. Also remember you are strong, but there is no weakness in crying. Hurting is still apart of the process, but never forget to pick up the pieces. Your wellness is no one’s responsibility but you. You have the power. Find you strength base.
Be well you guys.
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