For whatever reason, it's more common to focus on the negative than to notice and appreciate the positive. For most moms, that's especially true for breastfeeding. There are countless articles written about how to push through the hard parts of breastfeeding, how to correct nursing mistakes, and how to survive it all. But what about the pieces that celebrate a nursing mother's successes? It's equally important to appreciate the things you're doing absolutely right while breastfeeding as it is to research and correct the issues you may face.
More than a simple push to embrace "positive thinking," celebrating your breastfeeding wins can actually have amazing effects on your milk supply, your relationship with your baby, your mental health, and your overall outlook. One article from The New York Times noted that, although they may seem like trite expressions, keeping a positive mindset can impact your health in countless ways.
This line of thinking becomes even more important when you consider the undeniable links between moms who struggle to breastfeed and postpartum depression. Although breastfeeding itself can reduce a woman's risk of developing postpartum depression, the Center for Women's Health at Harvard Medical School pointed out that when breastfeeding isn't going well, the risk for PPD can increase.
This research isn't to say that you can "wish away" PPD with positive thinking or that you can correct physical breastfeeding issues by focusing on what is going well, but the power of appreciating what you can do is no small thing. And any mom who breastfeeds at all, for any length of time, is worth celebrating.