Breastfeeding: A bonding experience you’ll cherish forever

April 22nd, 2014 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Written by Maureen Hiatt, Marketing Manager at CHI Health and mother of three and originally published April 22, 2014 on the Live Well Omaha Kids blog.


It’s that time of year again. Every single year – about this time – I get an incredible, unstoppable urge to purge, deplete and organize my house. This annual tradition has become more apparent over the years, especially since my growing family continues to accumulate more “stuff.” This year, like last year though, despite the fact I know I no longer need them, I can’t part with two things that are simply collecting dust and taking up valuable, hard-to-come-by storage space. Those two things that will make it another year in my storage room are my breast pump and two Boppy pillows. Weird… I know, but I just can’t bring myself to part with these two invaluable tools that were so instrumental in allowing me the opportunity to nurse my babies for their entire first year of life.

My children are now 7, 5 and 3 and it has been over two years since I nursed our youngest son, but the emotions that are tied to those time periods are still very vivid. To my friends and family, it came as no surprise because I tend to obsess about things that are important to me, but when I was nursing, it was as if my life revolved around it. I cherished nursing my babies; the time we spent together breastfeeding was precious and I knew that it was limited. I knew that I wouldn’t breastfeed them forever, so in the midst of the twelve months I spent with each of them, I constantly reminded myself to “remember,” to recall what it felt like to bond with my baby, to nurture and nourish – it was truly an amazing time and an unforgettable gift and something that even today, I take much pride in.

So, here I am in the midst of my Spring purge and even though I trust that I will not need my breast pump or my Boppy pillows again this year, I can’t bring myself to get rid of them. It is like I owe them the respect to stick around another year. So, while many other things in our home have been donated, moved out or thrown away, the breast pump and Boppy Pillow will stay and serve as a reminder of how much I LOVED breastfeeding my babies.


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