If you’re a breastfeeding mom, you know how tough it can be. The good news is that you are not alone! Billions of women before you have breastfed their children. Breastfeeding is a natural process, but it doesn’t always come easy, especially if it’s your first time.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of 40 positive affirmations for breastfeeding mothers. These affirmations will help you keep going when things get tough, and they will remind you of why you decided to breastfeed in the first place. You can do it!
*From this point, the words “breastfeeding” and “chestfeeding” will be used interchangeably to support any chestfeeding parent.
Breastfeeding for First-Time Moms
You’re already facing a lot of pressure when you’re a new mom. Mom-shaming is a real thing. We have this idea in our society that there is no one right way for everyone to do things, but this is not the case.
There’s a particular stigma surrounding breastfeeding. Sure, the evidence points to it being healthier for a child, but that doesn’t mean that every woman can do it (or that it’s the healthiest option for the chestfeeding parent). Yet, many people judge women who breastfeed in front of others (with or without a cover), and not many public places support chestfeeding with a designated spot (like restaurants, parks, airports, etc.).
If You’re Struggling with Breastfeeding
If you’ve made the choice to breastfeed, but you’re struggling, I see you. I had issues with my first son not latching, so I chose to pump exclusively for four months until a clogged duct. This was an excruciating process that ended in an abscess and unnecessary surgery.
With my second son, he latched from the moment he was born and didn’t want to un-latch until I made him wean at 13 months!
Both of these journeys were hard. There are so many things to consider, like:
- Is my baby getting enough milk?
- Is my letdown too strong?
- Is it bad if I let my baby chestfeed through the night?
- Am I coddling my baby by letting him breastfeed whenever he wants?
- Should I supplement with formula?
- At what age should we wean from chestfeeding?
This list is not comprehensive of all the worries I went through. There are so many more that you might be thinking of right now.
You need to know right now that you deserve to follow your instincts. You are a good mama, and you will always do what is necessary and what is right for yourself and your baby.
40 Positive Affirmations for Breastfeeding When Things Get Tough
Use these affirmations whenever you’re struggling or feeling down about the breastfeeding journey. Repeat them to yourself daily, and even write them down.
If not all of them resonate with you, that’s okay! Choose the ones that are the most powerful to you and go from there.
- I am a good mom.
- I love my baby and will always take care of them!
- I trust my instincts.
- I love that I am able to nourish my baby with my own body.
- I am grateful for this bonding experience.
- I am doing what is best for my baby.
- My baby is healthy and thriving.
- I am strong and capable.
- I can do this!
- I seek support when I need it.
- It’s okay to ask for help.
- I am not alone in this journey.
- I am surrounded by a supportive community.
- My baby is worth it.
- I cherish this time with my baby.
- Every day, we are getting better at this!
- I am grateful for my body and all that it can do.
- I give myself grace.
- I am worthy of self-care.
- I am patient with myself and my baby.
- My baby is learning and growing every day.
- We are making progress every day.
- I trust the process.
- Every challenge is an opportunity to grow stronger.
- I am amazed at what my body can do!
- I happily nourish my baby.
- I release any guilt over bonding with my baby.
- I will instinctively know when it is the right time for us to end our breastfeeding journey.
- I love this wonderful journey!
- I always make sure my baby is happy and well-fed!
- I always consider my own mental health when making decisions for myself and my baby.
- Breastfeeding is amazing!
- I am in awe of what my body can do!
- My baby is growing every day!
- My milk is nourishing and rich!
- My body is healing.
- I appreciate all that my body can do.
- I am grateful for this time I spend with my baby.
- I listen to my body; I listen to my baby.
- My priorities are my health and the health of my baby.