Sometimes breastfeeding feels like the most natural thing in the world. And sometimes, it just sucks. It hurts. You feel like you only matter because of that boobs. So here are 30 breastfeeding affirmations to remind you that you are more than "just" your breasts.
Something that should feel like the most natural thing in the world can sometimes be really distressing. Something that should be easy to do can sometimes be so challenging to achieve. Something that is supposed to fill us with immense love can make us feel touched out.
Breastfeeding can suck.
There I said it.
It can suck for many reasons.
It can suck because you are afraid you have low milk supply. It can suck because it hurts like hell. It can suck because you just cannot latch that baby. It can suck because you don't know what to eat and what not to. It can suck because you feel like a walking snack bar. It can suck because you are basically living from nursing session to nursing session.
Nourishing a baby through your body will feel amazing. Most days, you are thankful for this gift because feeding your baby is so simple. You can so easily but effectively comfort them when they are sick. It's so easy to get them to sleep. But it's also ok and necessary to acknowledge that there are bad days, too. Every breastfeeding mother has them.
So whether you are a breastfeeding mama, pumping, or in your last days of pregnancy and want to prepare for what's to come, here are 30 breastfeeding affirmations to keep your spirits lifted.
*Notice: Breastfeeding is not supposed to be painful. If you are experiencing pain while feeding your baby, don't hesitate to consult with a lactation consultant.*
This article covers:
How Will Positive Affirmations Make My Breastfeeding Journey Easier?
Ever noticed how one small negative thought in the morning can ruin your whole day? Well, one positive thought can have the same impact but in an empowering and lifting way.
Never underestimate the power of positive thinking and how it can influence your life. Motherhood comes with a broad palette of emotions. And sometimes, they can be challenging.
A negative thought is always stronger than a positive thought because the survival instinct of our brain makes it always look for what is wrong. So practice positive thinking.
So it's more important than ever to use positive self talk and a positive mindset to reflect on our amazing mother qualities, reduce the effects of stress and boost our confidence. By repeating positive statements, we can program our conscious and unconscious minds to uplift and motivate.
So use these affirmations during a 5-minute meditation session in the morning or whenever you are stressed out. Just keep using them, and you will see amazing effects on your body and mind.
Affirmations For When You Are Over Breastfeeding
There were two times I was really over breastfeeding. I had it. And that was during the newborn phase and the toddler phase. My newborn wanted to cluster feed constantly. And so did he when he became a toddler at some point. I couldn't sit down without him running towards me or my breasts. I was his 24-hour snack bar.
When I complain about breastfeeding, I don't want weaning advice. I want compassion.
It felt like play, boob, boob, boob, play 2 minutes, boob, boob, boob, boob, boob, boob, boob.
Boobing 24/7 felt like the new job I took only to survive the month.
Here are some words of encouragement that these days come but also pass.
- I am thankful for being able to breastfeed.
- My body is amazing for being able to nourish this baby solely on my breast milk.
- It's going to be worth it.
- I am not just food. I am their source of comfort.
- It's ok if my baby wants to nurse frequently.
- I am not alone in this.
- It's ok if I choose not to offer my breast every time for comfort.
- My breastfeeding struggles are real and valid.
- My body is easing the pain of my baby.
- Breastfeeding may be difficult, but I am stronger.
- Breastfeeding is a hard job. And it's ok if it's the only thing I do today.
- My baby and I are benefiting from this unique and strong bond of breastfeeding.
- Breastfeeding benefits my health too and reduces my risks of getting cancer
Positive Affirmations for Overcoming Challenges In Breastfeeding
As a new mom, I was gifted with good milk supply. I never really had to worry about having enough milk or not. Nursing came quite naturally to me, and I was so thankful because before I gave birth, I read a million articles about how to latch baby the right way, what foods to eat and how to successfully breastfeed a baby for the first time.
But the truth is everyone's breastfeeding journey is not as smooth as mine.
But it can be a real struggle for many new mothers in the early days. Here is your reminder of how amazing your body is and what it accomplishes every single day.
- I trust my body and its amazing ability to nourish this baby.
- My body produces plenty of breast milk.
- My love for my baby is not measured in ounces.
- I am doing enough for my body.
- My body is able to provide everything my baby needs.
- Even if it is not easy, I can do it.
- It's ok to get help if I need it.
- Every drop of breastmilk is beneficial to my child.
- I already offer everything my baby needs. I am doing enough.
- I am doing my best, and that is enough.
- I do not compare myself to others.
Positive Postpartum Affirmations For New Mothers
- Today, I will rest.
- I am a new mom, and I will learn and grow with my baby.
- I will take care of my body and soul.
- It's ok if I am sad. My whole life just changed, and I am allowed the time to adapt.
- It's ok to just Netflix the whole day with this baby in my arms.
- When I need help, I can turn to people for support, and they will support me happily.
- I am a strong mother
Every breastfeeding journey is unique, and emotions come in waves, and that's ok!
You just always need to remind yourself what incredible job you and your body are doing. Believe me when I say you will never look back and regret breastfeeding your baby. You will be thankful and proud that you did it.