Nursing my children changed things on my body. Two things actually. For me, I thought it was for the worst. But what I learned was that those sagging, stretchy sandbags were renewing a great life lesson.
Don’t get me wrong. Body after baby is quite the game changer. My morning routine has a few extra steps. I used to throw on a bra without a thought. But now… now, I follow a checklist.
Step 1: Scoop
Step 2: Lift
Step 3: Secure the girls in their brassiere. Because lets be honest, bra-less days are a thing of the past!
Step 4: Check nipple alignment
Step 5: Adjust as needed
Yes – “nipple alignment”. This is a new phrase in my life and daily performance for me. One nipple is high and the other low. One is awkwardly far left while the other is perfectly centered (For those of you that do not know, this fashion look is called the lazy nipple and it is available to any post-baby woman).
So that’s just getting out of the house. In my former life, I was a comfortable B cup; I never knew the woes of a large chested woman trying to jog. But now I do. The up and down and up and down with each step is a harsh reality! I’m so sorry for your life long difficulty, my big bosomed lady-friends. The struggle is REAL.
So why after all of that am I in love with my saggy breasts?
The obvious – they were the instruments that provided nourishment to my children. But the real deal as to why I choose to love them (and love is a choice) – is that these are my breasts today and they won’t be my breasts tomorrow.
Have you ever thought “I wish I had loved my body more when I was (insert age)? It would be so great to have that body now!” I know I have. I remember fretting about a few pounds in my early 20s and then fretting about a few more in my late 20s. And very rarely did I ever think – I love my body just the way it is. Instead, I fed my anxiety about my body image. But now that I’m a little older and maybe a little wiser, I don’t want to make that mistake again.
I want to choose to love my body just the way it is and avoid body image anxiety. Actions are so often determined by how we feel. I do not want my actions stemming from anxiety. I want my actions to grow from confidence.
So to all my post-pregnancy friends struggling to love your physical self: Remember, some day, we will realize that these boobs are GREAT boobs. At some point, gravity will take them to a new low and we will perhaps yearn for our younger days when post-nursing breasts would actually be ideal to our current situation. Let’s love our bodies today and every day. It’s our vessel to living this extraordinary life.
Jiggle those boobs like nobody’s watching; love them like they’ve never been hurt. Flap like nobody’s listening; and live like those bodacious tots are heaven on Earth.
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