My Body Is Still Not My Own After Pregnancy

During pregnancy we sacrifice our bodies for our babies. I did so with a joyful heart, I loved feeling my little girl wiggle about (although time may have faded just how bad my swelling was!). However, a part of me was glad I was going to get my body “back”. I’m not talking about working out to try and look like my pre-pregnancy self. I actually was very fortunate and I pretty much went right back down (breastfeeding perk!). What I was looking forward to was not having a baby attached to me any longer. Ha, I was so wrong there! 

Because of breastfeeding my body is still not my own. I still have a baby attached to me most of the day. Breastfeeding has gone beautifully, in fact it may be going a little too well. Cora Beth refuses My to take a bottle (or a pacifier for that matter). Which means even at 8 months old when she wants to eat every two to four hours I’m the only one who can feed her. Our nursing sessions typically last 30-40 minutes so it’s no quick activity. To be honest I think she would nurse all day if I let her, and I know she would nurse all night! Please know that I’m so thankful to have a wonderful and successful breastfeeding relationship with my daughter but there’s some days where I’m simply just touched out. I want my body back for it to simply belong to JUST me again! Please tell me I’m not the only nursing mama who sometimes feels this way! 

There was a night where she was fed and dry but would not go to sleep. She wanted to comfort nurse. And in the moment I didn’t want to let her, I just wanted to go to bed. I felt like the world’s worst mom! I let my husband hold her for a couple minutes so I could take a couple deep breaths and then I let her nurse herself to sleep.

Nursing is hard y’all! When I was pregnant I knew that breastfeeding was going to be my preferred way to feed my baby but, it takes so much out of you! Not to mention I always have to make sure what I’m wearing is “nursing friendly”. 

I don’t necessarily consider myself “fashionable”, I tend to spend more time and money on decorating my home than my wardrobe. It’s not that I don’t care about my appearance, I definitely do! But it’s easier to just throw on a classic white or grey t-shirt and some jeans and head out the door! More time might be spent on what I wear if I didn’t always have to take the whole “nursing friendly” into consideration. So it’s easier to just stick with the same 5 tops. Since Cora Beth was born dresses have been out of the question for the most part. None of the ones I have from pre-pregnancy are nursing friendly. While I don’t wear dresses too often I would like to wear one to church at least. 

Enter this navy floral dress from PinkBlush! I love it for several reasons:

1. It’s an appropriate length! I want to be able to bend over to pick something up without worrying about flashing someone. 

2. It’s nursing friendly! The material is stretchy and I can simply pull it to the side and be able to nurse. 

3. It’s super lightweight! So even though it’s a 3/4 sleeve length it’s still comfortable during these summer months. I’ve already worn it twice and it’s probably the most comfortable dress I’ve ever worn!

4. You wouldn’t know it but it’s a maternity dress! Which means when we’re blessed with another sweet babe I’ll be able to wear it during my pregnancy.

I got a medium in this dress but probably could’ve gotten away with a small. The sleeves are just a tad looser than I think they’re intended to be. Not a big deal though!  While PinkBlush is mostly known for their maternity clothes they have a ton of cute non maternity clothes as well!

This dress has gotten me out of my comfort zone, away from my normal plain white tee but at the same time has helped me feel a little more me again by letting me wear a dress whenever I happen to want to feel a little bit dressed up! Plus my husband’s initial reaction to the dress definitely made a girl feel good about herself! So even though my body isn’t my own anymore, and won’t be for a little while, it’s okay. I’m so thankful that my body is able to feed my baby. And thanks to PinkBlush I can wear more than just a t-shirt and jeans to do so! 

Big thank you to PinkBlush for sponsoring this post! As always my opinion is 100% my own!

A part of me was glad I was going to get my body "back". I was looking forward to not having a baby attached to me any longer. Ha, I was so wrong there!

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6 thoughts on “My Body Is Still Not My Own After Pregnancy”

  1. Nursing is HARD! I have so much admiration for mamas who stick with it for so long. It truly is a sacrifice of your body. Sometimes that sacrifice is made lovingly and sometimes, it gets frustrating. At least in my experience. You’re a good mama. And so gorgeous in that dress!

  2. Love this post! I’m still nursing my youngest (almost 11 months) and I think the trickiest thing is not being able to wear certain clothes since they aren’t bf’ing friendly! I love that Pink Blush offers a variety of cute bf’ing friendly clothes!!

  3. I understand where you are coming from! I nursed my daughter until she was 18 months old and she took a bottle maybe 3 times. She always wanted to comfort nurse to sleep and I let her, even though I read a million things that said don’t! I may do things different with my next but we’ll see 😉 That dress is gorgeous! I’ve been living in PinkBlush this pregnancy.

  4. I only had success nursing for two whole weeks for my second child and definitely felt attached at all times, so I can only imagine how you feel 8 months into it. Your dress is beautiful….love how it lays.

  5. I feel you 100 percent on the nursing. I am nursing my second and feel it’s a little harder than the first time I did it – because now I have a toddler!! But 6 months down and 6 to go for me.

    1. Oh I’m sure! I can imagine a lot of it is harder the second time around with a toddler to entertain, ha! You got this mama!

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