A Letter to my Breasts

Dear Breasts,

We have been through some tough times together. I remember the days when we couldn’t wait to grow up. In middle school, we wanted to wear a bra for the sake of being able to tell your friends “I am wearing a bra”.

You were too small and flat to fit into a properly cupped bra. We went bra shopping with mom and she embarrassed us by asking the lady to fit you into a special ‘beginner’ bra. You were such a munchkin back then. I should have roamed shirtless and free and pretended I was a boy. Little did I know you were going to grow up into the beautiful pumping breasts you are today.

We reached high school and you still weren’t able to fit into the luxurious, eye candy of a bra from Victoria’s Secret. I remember when you encountered your first sensual moment with a boy in the treehouse in the garden. You didn’t feel confident that he was going to accept you for the size that you were. But luckily, nothing was mentioned and we dumped him because he kissed like a lizard. man and woman kissing You longed for the breasts on TV and we even tried to call the Bloussant Enlargement Lotion phone number and secretly order it with mom’s credit card. Thank god we chickened out, mom would have been broke! Instead, we went to Ann Summers and bought the bra with water padding. padded bra College was a whole other ball game and the subsequent years that followed we found ourselves happy in who we were – small and proud. But now those small days are over.

At the first sign of pregnancy, I noticed you were fuller. Over the nine month journey, you began to change. You were more distant, but slowly you became softer, more aware. A month before the ‘due date,’ you knew. You started leaking milk and we had to use breast pads to stop the leakage. You were already preparing for this life changing event.

The journey was long for us. After baby’s birth, you were confused and stressed. You didn’t know how much milk to make, but we were determined to breastfeed. You worked with the baby and the pump to figure out the right amount.

The Lansinoh Electric Breast Pump helped us in so many ways. We were able to understand how much you were making. We were able to get the breastmilk out more quickly and spend more time sleeping. We were able to feed the baby and pump at the same time.

Daddy was able to bond with baby for a night-time feed. We struggled with various breast cushions, but the Lansinoh breast cushions were very comfortable and you were finally happy. But, the best part about this magical pump was that we were able to have a break from the constant breastfeeding.

The baby wanted you every two hours around the clock. Being able to pump and then go out with a friend for dinner saved us from going insane. It was tough on you, we had a few pitfalls; dealt with sore nipples and mastitis. Lansinoh’s HPA Lanolin literally saved my nipples.

If it hadn’t been for this wonder cream, I would have had cracked, bleeding nipples. Eventually, we figured it out. If it hadn’t been for the pump we wouldn’t be here today. Through all of our tough times together, you were a trooper. We are so much stronger than we have ever been. So now, I am going to officially deem you Pumping Power Woman. Pumping Power Woman We have new and improved pumping breasts! The breasts we always longed for. We were just once posing and pretending, but now we give life to a small human being. Every single day, we GIVE LIFE!

These Superwoman pumping breasts are what we were made to do. No longer are we wishing for more – it’s here and it is like finding gold, each drop is vital to a human being. Life as we know it has changed for the better. You are big, pumping and naturally beautiful now. We are more caring, more selfless and more confident.

As baby sleeps next to me, I look at him and think, “Who would I be without you?” And I realise, without him, I would be lost. He has made our lives so much greater, so much more important than I ever thought it would be. You would not be the pumping powerful breasts you are today. I can rightfully say he was the best decision I have ever made and I am so happy we persevered through our breastfeeding journey.

Sincerely yours,

Hazel

 

35 thoughts on “A Letter to my Breasts

  1. I love this!! And go you, super Pumping Power Woman!! I didn’t have a breast pump when mine were babies, I had tried an electric one in the hospital which put me right off, and used to hand express which seemed to take forever! I wish I had known about Lanolin, my nipples were so sore and cracked and it made my breastfeeding experience a very painful one! #stayclassy

  2. Clearly a story very close to your heart…. I am glad you embraced your breasts both compact and easy, and now powerful and pumping. Mine are starting to become a little deflated now that weaning is under way and I think it is going to be harder for me than my baby when we finally stop completely. But I still love them. #Stayclassy

  3. Ah this post made me smile! I never managed breast feeding it’s so nice to hear a success story, even with a few ups and downs along the way!

  4. Aww I love reading breastfeeding stories, I’m also breastfeeding my son and he’s weaning at the moment, it’s really true when they say that once they start weaning that it’s so tough, the emotional attachment is crazy! Go you Pumping Power Woman! Lansinoh was also a life saver for me 🙂 #StayClassy

  5. I remember the water bras of the teen years! I was the opposite though I had breasts too early and too big and wished I could wear the lovely scrappy tops in the summer and the string bikinis! Only when I got older did I appreciate what I had been given. #stayclassy

  6. I love this, its amazing the journey every bit of the womans body goes through. Well done for pumping and feeding – what a skill!
    My letter would be:
    Dear breasts,
    Thank you for doing what nature intended, but now please return to the pert pre baby days, but don’t shrink much more.
    Regards,
    The rest of the body.

    I recommend Lansinoh products to everyone, I tried loads and they were definitely the best. #stayclassy

  7. Never underestimate the power of the pump! Those pumps kept me sane with Youngest, she had a BIG thirst, so thank goodness for the pump giving me the late evening off. They must be one of the best inventions EVER 🙂 #stayclassy

  8. This is a great and positive read! There are so many things about breast feeding which are impossible to prepare for, even with numerous books are on the subject! I remember mastitis and other sore bits! I also remember being told by my health visitor to ‘trust’ my breasts!!! which was very good (and a bit funny) advice 🙂 #stayclassy

  9. Lansinoh cream is the best invention in the world. It was the only thing that helped when I was trying to breastfeed Tyger unaware he had a tongue tie making it difficult and painful. One tube lasts forever, as well!

    #StayClassy

  10. A really great post about your relationship with your breasts. I longed for big ones as a child and when i got pregnant looked forward to blosomming with milk machines but nope nothing 🙁 #stayclassy

  11. I love this. Very true and from the heart. I have been on the lookout for a good nipple cream, breastfeeding does take its toll on them! xx

    Thanks for having me as guest host this week xx

    #stayclassy

  12. Um…I hope your breasts write back in similarly glowing terms and maybe become pen pals.

    I have no breasts to write to, not even moobs. I could write a letter to my wife’s breasts but even by our standards of weird that may be too much…

    #StayClassy

  13. Funny and enjoyable. Thanks for sharing! I definitely appreciated the Lansinoh cream myself. Was a lifesaver. Although I wasn’t able to breastfeed for long. I will have to remember this when I try again next time. #puddinglove

  14. Hurray for breast pumps and what a cool post! I couldn’t have survived either ‘breastfeeding journey’ (still on the trip with NC) without a pump … love the ‘superwoman’ picture too btw 🙂 #stayclassy

  15. A lovely light hearted way to look back on your breastfeeding journey. We never had much success with a pump and bottles so I remained a slave to breastfeeding, and have only just gone out with my friend for dinner last week after 16 months!! #stayclassy

  16. What a fab post! My mind created it’s own theme tune for this as I read! Something similar to Last Night at the Prom and Little Britain!!

    I whole heartedly am with you on this having been so eternally grateful for our electric pump and the lansinoh tubes of magical healing gel!!

  17. Pumps can definitely be a new mother’s best friend! I used it all the time for the first few months with my first child but unfortunately after that he decided he no longer wanted to take a bottle and he much more preferred mummy’s boob 🙂 #StayClassy

  18. I love this take on your breast’s journey – ah how well I remember that longing for bigger breasts (and the water-filled bras!) but it’s amazing just how they change during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The pump was my friend too (especially when my daughter couldn’t breastfeed for several weeks after her heart op). Lansinoh worked wonders for me too. #bloggerclubuk

  19. Oh this is brilliant – what a journey our boobs go on! I love the way you depict the younger years – so so true – kissed like a lizard made me laugh out loud! Our boobs are fabulous and clever things and I love the way you show this #BloggerClubUK

  20. Oh wow a new super hero is born. Our body is amazing and like you i have given up worrying about my breasts, they did an amazing job feeding my son and now they are just left hanging like slightly deflated water balloons. The Lansinhol cream was fab for sore nipples! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime

  21. Wow! Wonderful piece of writing! I have to say the same thing I used Lansinoh’s HPA Lanolin nipple cream too and it was like magic! Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost x

  22. I love the way this is written – I never thought I’d read a letter to someone’s breasts lol but I’m so glad I did!
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂
    Debbie

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