I'm a recovering Type-A perfectionist who has grown increasingly laid back (about most things, anyway). Pregnancy was a huge step forward for me in the “chill out” department, since I had way less energy to care about most of the stuff I used to be unnecessarily uptight about. Then came breastfeeding. After clearing the first few hurdles nursing threw our way, my son and I started (thankfully) experiencing the kinds of breastfeeding moments that prove you're a laid-back mom.
After we got the hang of nursing together, it dawned on me that, especially as a really young baby, breastfeeding could solve almost all of his problems. Hungry? Latch on. Thirsty? Latch on. Sleepy? Latch on. Cranky? Latch on. Scared? Latch on. Lonely? Latch on. (Need a diaper? Talk to daddy about that. I'm just in charge of what goes in, kid.) Before I knew it, my infallible life motto was, "Keep Calm, Latch On."Why spend time messing with swaddling blankets and all sorts of other tricks when I basically have two “Get Out Of Tears Free” cards attached to my chest?
If you recognize most if not all of the following moments in your own breastfeeding journey, chances are you're a laid-back mom, too. Welcome to the club. We've got nursing-friendly jackets, that won't make it terribly obvious that you've forgotten to close your nursing bra.