Woodlands, TX: BREASTFEEDING JOURNEY | the path of perseverance

A few hours ago, I published on my Facebook page this beautiful portrait I created in a recent family session in the Woodlands, Texas. It is not the first time that images like these are born completely unplanned during my photo sessions while the light seems to be there waiting to perfectly embrace Mother and Child. These portraits are always some of my favorite ones but I did not realize why until tonight....

tears and joy - north houston, texas photographer.

Sixteen months ago, I was desperately trying to nurse my newborn baby girl. I had patiently waited for my daughter for many years and as an expectant mother the first goal I had in mind was to be able to nurse her from birth. I longed for that important mother-daughter bond and never once imagined the trial in front of us. From the very first moment my daughter was born, breastfeeding felt natural yet very painful. I hoped it was just a temporary adjustment but things did not improve. After seeing my OBGYN, an ENT, three lactation consultants at both Memorial Hermann and St Luke (two of the most known Woodlands's hospitals), things were getting only more complicated. My tiny baby had jaundice, was lip and tongue-tie and I was in pain, sleep-deprived and recovering from my second c-section. Rationally I could understand it was not my fault, yet I felt so inadequate and mad at myself in these days. If you are a mother who is struggling or has struggled with breastfeeding, you will understand that feeling well...

I prayed and persevered. I am so glad I did! One day, somewhere between her 5th or 6th week of life, something miraculously clicked and I was finally able to gracefully nurse my baby girl. Nursing has been a joy since then. I love holding my daughter as she falls asleep peaceful and safe in my arms. I love her giggles, her big wide eyes, her angel caresses and how she plays with my hair as I nurse her. I know that in just a couple of months, it will be time to wean her and I am grateful we were able to bond this way.

Our children are only so little once, that is why I love nursing images like this one. Never hide it, you should be proud of it. The world needs to remember how we all start, even God chose to be that little once...

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