I've been nursing my son since he was born. At first, it was anything but routine; we were learning how to latch, how to position ourselves to stay comfortable, how to communicate with each other about needing to eat, how to switch sides, and everything in between. But, over time, we developed our own rhythm, our own language, and our own habits when it came to breastfeeding — the kinds of breastfeeding habits that make you an amazing mom, if my breastfeeding friends and role models are any indication.
Breastfeeding can be as challenging as it is rewarding, so you're already amazing for even trying to give your child the gift of your ultra-DIY, perfectly custom made milk. Getting the knowledge and support you need to figure out how to make breastfeeding work for weeks, months, or even years is even more amazing.
Obviously, you don’t have to breastfeed to be an amazing mom. Amazing moms come in many forms: we breastfeed and formula feed, babywear and push strollers, stay at home and work elsewhere, and so much more. However, for those of us who do choose (and are able) to breastfeed, there are certain habits we maintain that flow from our inherent awesomeness. Habits like not letting haters break our nursing stride, and most importantly, taking care of ourselves so we can take care of our little ones. If any of the following habits look familiar to you, pat yourself on the back (or the boob).