Growing up, I was very lucky because I was comfortable with my body image. I never had an issue with weight and could eat almost everything that my heart desired without suffering the consequences. Thanks to my Asian genes, I’ve always been petite framed. However, after giving birth, my body has changed.
My daughter turning 1 is a big deal in our culture. My parents are very traditional and helped us prepare a morning tea for the occasion. The Vietnamese word for first birthday is “Thôi Nôi”. “Thôi” means to leave or stop whilst “Nôi” means baby cradle. Figuratively, this marks a new chapter in the baby’s life. Passing the 1 year mark and entering a new period – Becoming a Toddler.
Today is my daughter’s first birthday! I can’t believe how quickly it has gone by and I find myself reflecting on the year that has passed. I’ve never used so many adjectives to describe how I feel. There are not enough words to describe how much I have grown in this past year and how much she has taught me.
Breastfeeding in public is scary. You can read about my experience here. It shouldn’t be, but it is because its still so frowned upon in some countries! Today is the last day of World Breastfeeding Week, so I thought I’d write about how to breastfeed in public. I’ve had to do it a few times when we were travelling as we couldn’t find a private room. I wish I was more confident about it!
I have spoken so much about my difficulties with breastfeeding in the past. To embrace World Breastfeeding Week, today I wanted to talk about the benefits of breastmilk and why I persisted despite the struggles I experienced. Continue reading “The Benefits of Breastmilk”