Most of my childhood was spent playing on the beach as I lived in small beach town just outside of Sarnia called Brights Grove. When I was very little, my mom would take us for a stroll by the water almost every morning and in my later teens, I would bike to the beach to meet my friends, bike over to work, bike back to the beach for a bonfire. Life was simple and sweet. My mother still lives in the house that I grew up in, this makes it easy for us to pop in and out with the kids to take a break from the heat when visiting the beach.
Heading to the beach, going for a long stroll or going out to grab a bite to eat, this dress from Figure8 Maternity is the perfect summer dress for this type of occasion. It’s light weight, unwraps at the top for easy access to baby if you’re nursing and pretty enough to wear anywhere. I love dresses that I can easily throw on and can style up or down. This one is perfect!
I hope you had the chance to enjoy the beautiful weather this past weekend. For us, it was a nice reminder that summer vacation will soon be here and we have much more memories on the beach to come! 🙂
My breastfeeding journey has been a complicated one. All of my babies were early and I think it contributed to them not feeding as much or as often and my low production of milk. I tried pumping and lots of skin to skin but unfortunately it didn’t last more than 2 months with any of my babies. Owen would fall asleep at my breast almost immediately, Ella was a awesome latch but my milk wasn’t coming in… and Mia…well, she has had a hard time feeding even from a bottle until not too long ago. What I have learned from this is to take the pressure off completely, never be afraid to ask for help, and most importantly, if breastfeeding isn’t working out, your baby will be just fine. You are NOT a failure.
I know some of you may be thinking that it’s easier said than done. It took me three babies and maybe all the #FedIsBest posts over social media to feel like I could talk about my struggle with breastfeeding. When my first Owen was born, I would have never posted a video or photo feeding from a bottle, fast forward to baby number 3 and you’ll see it all over my Instagram stories! 🙂
Lastly, you will still have that magical breastfeeding bond everyone talks about even if you’re not breastfeeding. With all my babies, I do lots of skin to skin and have been the one to feed them. I still want that one on one bonding time and instead of my breast they are getting a bottle. A little harder with two babies, but I still go upstairs to a quiet space and feed them and come back down to company or visitors.
I may be biased but look at this beautiful formula fed baby above, shes healthy and happy!! That’s all I could ask for! 🙂
Feel free to leave your #FedIsBest journey below. 🙂 Have a great day Mamas!
***Nursing nightgown, Mia’s hat and onesie are from Luna Maternity & Nursing visit them at www.lunamaternity.com