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Tales from sea

With Remembrance Day fast approaching, I'm reminded of those in the military service who are away from their families. I served in the Coast Guard for 15 years. As a paramilitary member, we could be called into service for Canada if needed.

My Journey

A very dear Leche League Leader and friend asked me to share something. Typically, I would decline such invitations, however, I thought this would be a great opportunity to share something that I have been thinking about a lot recently. As is customary, I will share who I am, where I come, in order to position myself in relation to this breastfeeding story. My name is Ashley Day, and I have both Dene and English ancestries.

10 Boobtacular Tips

 

10 BOOBTACULAR TIPS FOR SCARY BREASTFEEDING TIMES

• Get off to a good start with skin-to-skin care and early, frequent “boob” feedings.

• If it hurts, seek help from La Leche League before the gremlins arrive.

• Don’t miss ghostly outings with friends or family, take baby with you.

• Lack of sleep makes us ghoulish. Sleep when your baby sleeps.

• Witches know the importance of support from other witches. Seek support from others: mothers, parents, La Leche League, family, friends and healthcare professionals.

Where I'll Be

This is us right now. Our days our busy; sometimes chaotic, always loud. There are six of us in a small rented house we’ve made our home. We’re always on top of each other, limbs tangled in a pile on the floor. We talk over each other. We never agree on dinner.

Mommy, why are all the pictures of other mommies all white?

“Mommy, why are all the pictures of other mommies all white?” This was one of the 1st times my daughter (a vibrant, intelligent, sassy, 4 year old) initiated a conversation about race.  As a Black woman I noticed.  I notice every time I walk into a room and notice I’m the only Black woman in the room, I notice when anyone talks about race in front of me the discomfort white folks have , I notice when my Black babies are the only ones in the playgroup, so yes, I notice when all the books on Breastfeeding have majority white babies.

A Reflection on Privilege for Canada Day

Happy Canada Day, to those who celebrate! 

Here’s a photo of my daughter and I on her first Canada Day, seven years ago today. My husband was away for the week-end celebrating a soon-to-be groom, so we joined my sister and brother-in-law at the Waterloo Regional Museum (now the Ken Seiling Waterloo Regional Museum) for their free Canada Day admission and celebrations.

Rest

This past Monday, I had oral surgery. I had thought, like most of us do, that I’d be fine and be able to at least keep up with 50-75% of my plate load of things. Wow, was I ever wrong, and instead, I’ve spent most of the week on my couch.  I found myself reminded of the wise words many LLLC leaders shared with me when I had my first newborn: If you find yourself standing, sit down, and if you’re sitting on the couch, consider laying down. Your body needs rest.

Resting in Parenthood

This past Monday, I had oral surgery. I had thought, like most of us do, that I’d be fine and be able to at least keep up with 50-75% of my plate load of things. Wow, was I ever wrong, and instead, I’ve spent most of the week on my couch.  I found myself reminded of the wise words many LLLC leaders shared with me when I had my first newborn: If you find yourself standing, sit down, and if you’re sitting on the couch, consider laying down. Your body needs rest.

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