Mom’s Always Right

by Saskia Sorrosa

I will never forget the feeling of inadequacy and pressure that I felt when I had my first daughter. I had a hard time producing breast milk and my inability to feed her enough (of what everyone was telling me was best for her) made me feel subpar as a mom. And I was just getting started! While I was eventually able to breastfeed, at that very moment, all I wanted to hear was “don’t beat yourself up, formula is a good choice too. No matter what you decide, you are a wonderful Mommy!” Instead I was bombarded with “authoritative” written opinions about what’s best.

It is so hard to confidently navigate mommy-hood, and to hear other people telling you what’s ‘right’ just adds to the complexity. Why does it have to be one or the other? How about somewhere in the middle?  Or how about, whatever works for you and your family?

Life is not black and white, and our choices don’t have to be either. We can be the Mom who cooks most of the time but likes to take a break. We can be the mom who breastfeeds but supplements with formula when she needs to. We can be whatever we need to be when we need to keep our balance…and sanity. Taking pressure off ourselves and instead finding the equilibrium to enjoy life with our kids is a much better proposition. At the very least, let’s not expect others to make the choices we make.

Mommy-hood is about finding your right. What’s right for you or your family may not work for another mom or other kids.  That’s OK.

Let’s make today, and every day, a day when we appreciate all mommies for the incredible work they do and for trying their best.

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