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The women who find MOBI Motherhood are a rare breed, indeed. It shows in their dedication, persistence, and drive to find a solution that works for their babies and their families. It shows in their intelligent pursuit of knowledge and new ideas that may work for their special situations, in their compassion for others who are going through feeding difficulties, in their grief for their own losses, for the loss of that easy, perfect nursing relationship that is unobtainable for many of us at MOBI.
They are to be commended for their successes, hugged for their heartaches, and respected for the courageous way that they have met their own, personal challenges head-on, devising their own solutions and walking down their own special paths. I count every one of the women of MOBI as being successful in their pursuits - although the outcomes may be far different than the idealized picture of an easy nursing relationship that we may have had before or shortly after the birth of our first child.
Blaze a Trail through Your Tears
When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Go as Planned
by Sara K. Beachy
Written for MOBI Motherhood International
A common theme among MOBI moms facing special breastfeeding challenges is lost expectations, the mourning of that which never came to pass. During your pregnancy, you probably envisoned a certain type of breastfeeding relationship. If things did not go as you hoped, you might feel distraught and disillusioned.
Perhaps you are a low supply mom who is breastfeeding, pumping, and supplementing. You may be an exclusive-pumper whose baby never got the hang of latching. You may be experiencing chronic and painful mastitis or struggling to breastfeed a baby with special needs. Whatever the case, you are probably here because you are exhausted, lonely, and overwhelmed at the thought of doing this for one more day. What do you do now?
The goal of this article is to provide a healthy mental and emotional framework for dealing with the serious challenges you are currently facing. Hopefully, you will understand that you are not alone and that you have a range of creative choices for turning your current situation into a positive, rewarding experience – even if it does not look the same as everyone else’s experience. You have power.