Let’s Talk About: Breastfeeding Again (and photos for Moms!)

Last week was tough. But it’s only Tuesday of THIS week and my spirits have been renewed with some special photos that I just received in the [e-]mail. You see, ever since my little one bit me at 7 months old [with teeth and yes, there was blood], I have been struggling with breastfeeding. To be honest, right after the bite, I didn’t know if we’d make it much longer; the pain was bad and my recovery took almost 2 weeks. The bite alone was enough of an incident that’s it’s worthy of it’s own blog post which will eventually come at a later date but, for now, I wanted to celebrate that I had made it to at least 7 months with my baby so I asked a photographer friend, Sandy (over at Red Lotus Photography), if she could do a breastfeeding photoshoot for me. I really wanted to honor myself and this special time that I have with my baby and remind myself, no matter how far we make it, that I was able to do this with my little one:

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What do you think? I know I’m IN LOVE with these photos – and I’m so happy I set aside the time and made the investment to have these pictures for myself and my family. I never did a breastfeeding photoshoot with my first child – I also barely left my house when he was born and never nursed in public without a cover  – things I do now both as I’ve gained confidence and experience over the years and mostly because of necessity. But every time I look at these photos, my heart beats a little faster. [Thank you Sandy!]

 


Some of you might be wondering what top I am wearing in the pic? It’s “Navy Birds” from Loyal Hana – one of the newest designers to market for nursing apparel. I think this top is so amazing, that Maternity Girl currently has it in inventory. (It has these hidden zippers!)

Also – are you thinking that maybe you would like to take some breastfeeding photos? Make sure you “Like” and “Follow” Maternity Girl on Facebook and Red Lotus Photography on Facebook because we’re collaborating on some breastfeeding mini-sessions in November. Sandy’s amazing photo talents paired with the entire nursing inventory and styling services of Maternity Girl = a very special project that I know will make so many Moms happy. Details to be posted soon!

Oh … and for those wondering, my little one and I are coming up on 9 months of breastfeeding and still going strong. I’m pretty sure it was the renewed energy of these photos that perked up my spirit to keep on pushing along. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Cheers and have a good Tuesday y’all!

Elena 😀


 

Maternity Girl sells new and resale maternity and nursing apparel all over Pittsburgh. She also rents Maternity and Nursing dresses and provides styling services and assistance during photoshoots. For more information, CLICK HERE.

It’s not perfect yet and it doesn’t have ALL the inventory in stock, but Maternity Girl is working on it and now you can shop online!

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The Long Road to Maternity Clothes

I love blogging about maternity and nursing fashion. And baby gear. And toys! Life can be so grand amongst things that rattle, coo and go bump in your belly in the night. But this week, I have felt heavy. And I don’t mean pounds. I mean in my heart.

First off, October 15th was Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  I have not personally experienced the pain from loss of a baby but I know over 2 dozen people who have and at 7pm – on that day – I lit a candle and left on the porch lights on for them all (both parents and angel babies). In my line of work, people share MANY things with me and even though my clients and I always have fun, I know sometimes the road to maternity clothes is very long. People have shared their infertility struggles and miscarriage grief with me over the years and there is one recurrent theme (this is the part that pains me the most): they suffered in grief in private. Don’t get me wrong – if you want to go cry by yourself in a dark room, I get that. But often, people have kept the news to themselves almost like a dark secret and not just because it’s so hard to tell but because they often think, “What is wrong with me?” or “Nobody will understand.” Well – I have news for you … more women will understand than you think and if you’re suffering from a loss, please know you’re not alone.

As if the loss of a baby wasn’t enough for the week, I was just taking a break to eat some lunch and on The Doctors, I suddenly came across Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley (yes – I love them – judge me all you want). I was channel surfing but haven’t seen them in a while, so naturally I was intrigued. Then, before you know it, I was crying too. I’m not going to tell you why because I think you should watch the video yourself, but if you’ve struggled with infertility, then their IVF story will interest you. In fact, even if infertility is not a question for you, I still think you should watch the video as it is incredibly enlightening [I mean, you can SEE what the process looks like]):

http://www.thedoctorstv.com/videos/exclusive-reality-stars-journey-through-ivf?embed=1

Why am I sharing all this? I don’t know. Why do I ever share anything? I guess to help people. Sure my life might seem likes it’s full of fashion and photos but the fact of the matter is that I don’t take what I do lightly. I feel extremely privileged when clients share their pregnancy journey with me – including the road of how they got there. And this week, I’m thinking of all the Mamas who took a REALLY long road or might still be traveling.


 

If you are looking for more information on grief and support PLEASE go to the www.October15th.com website. They have a lot of information and are a great resource. Like I said above, YOU ARE NOT ALONE – and most importantly, you don’t have to suffer alone either. I truly believe you find help and hope in the previous links.