My April 2016 A to Z Blogging Challenge Theme Reveal

Like last year, I missed the A to Z Blogging Challenge’s Theme Reveal in March. I wasn’t sure about participating this year because I didn’t get around to finishing the challenge last year. However, I decided shortly before the link up closed early this morning, to have another go. 

I like the challenge that this blogging challenge posses … the motivation it gives to particularly write regularly … the opportunity to especially focus on a theme that means something to me … the inspiration to think creatively … the chance to practise writing daily … and the surprise of blogs that will be discovered.

One thing I must remember from my reflection last year, is to avoid writing too long, and to make sure that I at least, do the minimum required blog visits.

My theme last year was motherhood, and it continues to loom large in my life. I suppose it will loom large for the rest of my life :-).

One of my key mothering tools is breastfeeding, and it’s one that is a daily part of being a mum for me.

So this year, the theme of my A to Z Blogging Challenge is …. BREASTFEEDING! I plan to focus on aspects of breastfeeding that stand out to me, and things about it that I really appreciate.

When I consider how breastfeeding illiterate I was when I became a mum, and the mountain of difficulties I’ve had to overcome, I’m filled with gratitude that my not-so-little-one and I are still on this journey – 2 years and counting.

I am intrigued about the invisible milk making factory inside breastfeeding mothers, the intricate details about how breast milk is made, and the vastness of its ingredients. The act and tool of breastfeeding blows my mind, and it fills me with awe for the Creator that crafted our bodies this way.

I feel privileged to be a breastfeeding mother. I know that there are a few folks out there who want to breastfeed, but medically or/and physically can’t. There are others who really want to, but for a range of reasons don’t make it as far as they would like.

I am so thankful that my son and I continue to achieve our breastfeeding goals, against all the odds, including the ongoing objection that I sometimes encounter.

I look forward to reading your responses and reactions, to my reflections this year. I hope to write my A, B, and C posts today, as well as visit 15 participating blogs; and hopefully sync with the challenge’s timetable from tomorrow.

 ~ So, what do you generally think about breastfeeding? ~

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9 thoughts on “My April 2016 A to Z Blogging Challenge Theme Reveal

  1. Glad you decided to give it another go. I know breastfeeding isn’t for everyone but I did it and worked full time. I would recommend it to any new mother but I’m not pushy about saying it’s the only way.

    • Thanks for dropping by; I’m glad I’m giving it another go. I work full time too, and I’m thankful to live in a country that gives up to a year’s worth of maternity leave (not all paid). I definitely recommend breastfeeding, but as respect each parent’s right to decide their infant feeding options and methods.

  2. A very interesting theme reveal! A topic that I’m amazed has so much controversy. I breastfed my son for fourteen months and stopped not because of pressure from outward sources but because of my breastfeeding he wouldn’t only sleep in two hour blocks! Once I stopped he started sleeping through the night almost immediately. However, in the time I was breastfeeding I got many stares and even just after my son’s first birthday I had a man approach me to tell me I was tormenting my kid by breastfeeding him when he’s this age. I am quite happy to ignore these people though and would breastfeed my son whenever and wherever he needed it, this is why Australia has a discriminatory act against denying people breastfeeding rights and I used it to it’s full extent.

    I do feel sorry for those who listen to the opinions of other and wish I could protect from the judgemental people. In the same instance I feel sorry for the people who cannot or decide not to breastfeed their children. As long as the child is being fed and is being loved then ultimately, even if there is something in breastmilk that isn’t in formula, I’m happy that the child has a full tummy!

    Well, a bit of a ramble there sorry! I look forward to seeing more that you plan on writing about breastfeeding. 🙂

    • Thanks; I like my theme too. I suppose breastfeeding does touch on lots of emotions for many people, hence the possible controversy for some. Yes, it’s definitely better for a baby to fed within acceptable food options, than for him or her go hungry. I think there is enough room for most of our diverse choices and opinions when it comes to infant feeding. However, illiteracy and lack of compassion and consideration is definitely sad.

      I’m looking foward to reflecting and recording some of my thoughts about this key aspect of my mothering; 2 years and counting.

    • Thanks for your encouragement Arlee, I’m really trying to catch up though I’m not feeling great at the moment. I agree with your view on breastfeeding 🙂 I really hope I make it through, too.

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