Breastfeeding: The Most Unnatural Natural Thing in the World

Break suction and pry nipple out of gruesome bear trap in center of sweet baby’s tender face. Wipe away tears (mama’s; not baby’s, but sometimes both). Try again. Fail numerous times to engineer a comfortable latch. Submit to hungry newborn’s best efforts. Dig fingernails into bedsheets while shockingly inelastic, toothless gums knead nipples until raw. Grit teeth. Cry silently as burning in nipple matches searing inferno in postpartum vagina. Continue reading Breastfeeding: The Most Unnatural Natural Thing in the World

Before I Became a Parent

Before I became a parent, I was a model of efficiency and productivity. I could look back at the end of each day with an air of self-satisfaction as I reviewed all I had accomplished. My skillsets as a “glorified secretary” had already proven transferable across a variety of complex industries and demanding personalities over a 10-year period in one of the toughest corporate environments in the world. New York City. A baby would certainly be no exception. Continue reading Before I Became a Parent