A message to moms: Thank you. Thank you for gathering the wisdom of the mothers and grandmothers who went before you. Thank you for forging your own path forward with a smartphone in one hand and a baby in another. Thank you for getting through those long nights, those short days, and all the choices you make in between. Because what you’re doing right now is amazing. How you’re finding new ways of doing what mothers have always done, and always will, is inspiring.
Motherhood is one of the most important, amazing, difficult, and rewarding jobs there is. We could talk about it all day every day (and we do!), but we know that sometimes those words mean the most when they come from other moms who have walked in your shoes.
So, we’ve collected advice and motivation from other Medela moms to encourage and celebrate motherhood in all its sticky, messy, busy, snuggly, hilarious, and loving glory.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mama!
Messages From Medela Moms:
- What you are doing is brave, beautiful, and amazing! -Carly
- If you can breastfeed, it’s totally okay to not feel like you have to love it ALL the time. -Grace
- Remember in the middle of the night, you are not the only mom who is up trying to do the best for their child, as you sit listening to the rhythm of your pump chugging away. -Lola
- Whether you’re able to do it for three hours or if you do it for over a year, you are amazing. -Mai
- Don’t quit on a “bad day.” I told this to myself many times, and we are going strong almost 9 months later! -Jamie
- Your baby is normal if they eat ALL the time, or if they don’t. If they nurse for 40 minutes like mine did, or 5 minutes. If you pump 1-4 ounces or 20 ounces, you are normal -Jamie
- Keep yourself hydrated and fed and you can do it!! -Becki
- After 4 years of nursing, my best advice is to read, read and educate yourself. -Dijana
- Breastfeeding in public without wearing a cover: wear a tank top under the t-shirt, pull boobie out of tank top and lift t-shirt. Baby pretty much covers everything… -Amanda
- Don’t give up! Set a goal and stick with it! It isn’t always easy and some days you want to feel like giving up but your sweet baby is so so worth it! -Samantha
- On the hard days…stop…breathe…and look into your child’s eyes. You’re doing this for them. They may never physically day thank you, but they are definitely thankful. -Tasha
- Know your right about feeding in public and pumping at work and fight for them! -Lindsey
- Don’t hesitate to ask a lactation consultant questions! I’m breastfeeding my third and I still have questions lol. -Breah
- You’ve got a big team on your side, mama! -Betsy
- Take it a day at a time! Don’t forget: baby is learning just as you are! -Kailey
- You are a smart girl who doesn’t require that much of any help. -Brenda
- Just because you’re a young mom, doesn’t mean you can’t breastfeed. -Kyra
- IT GETS EASIER!!! -Riss
- You are going to be an awesome, strong mama! -Leah
- Never feel embarrassed because you are doing what is best for you and your little one. -Angela
- Know your rights and stay strong! Full time moms CAN have full time careers too! -Elizabeth
- Don’t let ANYONE talk you out of or shame you out of your beliefs. -Kelly
- Don’t get discouraged. -Cindy
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice. We have all been there and we just want to help. Find a lactation consultant. The first 3 months are the hardest but I promise it will and it does get better!! -Marissa
- The first two weeks after the second day is a leaky, stinging, swollen time. IT PASSES. IT IS NOT FOREVER. Your body learns your baby and adapts. Don’t panic. -Amanda
- Hold tough through the nights or days that you’re exhausted or super busy. There’s a day when he/she won’t want it anymore or you’ll have stopped on your own and you’ll miss it. -Whitney
- Keep pushing through every hurdle. -Steffane
- Cuddle your baby, feed your baby, and love your baby. Those are his three basic needs. Everything else will fall into place. -Lauren
- Trust your body and you baby. They know what they are doing! -Tasha
- If you find that you don’t know something, learn from it, grow as a parent, and don’t beat yourself up about it. -Penny
Do you have a message to add to this list? Tell us in the comments below!