Hey, new moms. I've got something to tell you. I know, you've had a lot of information thrown at you during one of the most miraculous and simultaneously traumatic experiences of your life. Because let's face it, whether you just pushed an entire human out of an area of your body best designed for peeing, or you found yourself strapped on an operating table with your intestines outside of you and in a silver bowl, your body has been through more physically than a Spartan warrior faced in training. And it's not over, because if you're one of the many women who choose breastfeeding, you're probably in your hospital bed next to tears, clutching pamphlets and sniffling after lactation consultant visits because it's overwhelming and nothing seems to be going like it's supposed to be. So I am compelled to tell you something:
It's not you. It's them. And here are nine reasons why:
*(carefully consumed immediately following one full feeding so as not to affect our milk, of course)
Lynne Reeder is a mother, teacher, and lifelong reader. She's been penning poems and stories since she first learned to spell words. Her works appear in many online journals and other publications, and she received the title of Poet Laureate for hometown in 2016. She spends her time squeezing in writing drafts of her works around wrangling her two daughters and impulsive pitbull. She's been lucky enough to find love early, marrying her high school sweetheart Brandon, with whom she has been for over half of her life. She loves all kinds of tea, witnessing the moment a student discovers a new talent, and recognizing the infinite in the everyday. She hopes you enjoy her words as much as she thrives on creating them.