I had many magical moments with my son in the years I breastfed him. My baby's post-nursing demeanor could often be described as "milk drunk." He would get such a sweet look of satisfaction on his face as he loosened his latch and fell asleep, his belly full and warm. However, I know breastfeeding isn't a one-size-fits-all experience, so I asked other moms to share their favorite breastfeeding moments. Of course they didn't disappoint, and revealed just how special this all-too-fleeting time can be.
I always found there was an exact amount of time that needed to pass after my son fell asleep at the breast, to guarantee he would stay asleep. I would then need to do the "mom dance," as I oh-so-carefully transitioned him to his bouncy chair or crib. If I could time it just right, I might get enough free time to shower or grab a bite to eat or you know, just breathe. More often than not I would end up trapped underneath a sleeping baby, afraid to move unless I woke him. When that inevitably happened, I would grab the remote and settle in for a good long sleepy cuddle. Until, of course, I needed to pee. Breastfeeding is just the best!
Still, I loved those moments, and while I know moms experience more than a few breastfeeding challenges that make the experience not so magical, once the art of breastfeeding has been mastered, it can feel amazing to sit quietly and hold your baby close while they eat. So, with that in mind, here are a few moms willing to share their favorite breastfeeding moments with us all.