|Photo by Ashley Black of Fantail Photography|
Though I have breastfed three children for a total of almost 4.5 years, I had a realization last night.
When she is nursing, I look down at her and see dark eyes and little hands rubbing the ends of my hair for comfort. I see a content toddler. I always see the same thing: her.
But, she looks up. When we are outside, she sees blue sky and clouds. When we are at the mall, she sees busy people walking to and fro. When we are at home, she sees a familiar place filled with the people who love her. She sees the world around me. She sees the world around me.
At the center of her perspective is me. At the center of her world is the love and nourishment flowing between us. No matter what happens around us, I am there with loving arms and a whisper to calm. So today I remember that her perspective of the world is framed by me, literally and metaphorically. I hope I am up to the challenge.
A Gentle Reminder: Not all mamas can or should breastfeed, but they are still the center of their child's world. To all the mamas who did not breastfeed, you too have hands to feed and soothe. You have lips to kiss and whisper. You love your baby just as much as I love mine. We are in this journey of motherhood together and you are doing a great job.