Magical. Hard. Powerful. Pure joy. All consuming. These are just some of the words moms in the new Lansinoh #BeingAMomIs video use to describe motherhood.
"It's made me a better version of myself," says one mom about having a baby. Okay, cue the tears! And keep the tissues handy.
In the video, which was created in honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August, we hear from moms in same-sex couples, moms who got pregnant easily, some who didn't, some who loved, loved, loved being pregnant, and others, who ... yeah, not so much.
From pregnancy to giving birth to breastfeeding, the mamas in the video hold nothing back in describing their experiences with early motherhood. Many confess that breastfeeding didn't come easily and that they suffered from raw, cracked, sore nipples. Um, yeah I kinda remember this agonizing time right after my first daughter was born when my nipples started bleeding! I was like, "OMG! What do I do?"
For many these moms, the answer was Lanolin cream—and perseverance. And in the end, their dedication to breastfeeding paid off, and breastfeeding became a rewarding, beautiful experience.
Through breastfeeding and other struggles, clearly your baby makes every hardship worth it. "I see love like I never thought I could love," one mom says about looking at her baby. Sniff. I know the feeling, as does every other mother.
What does being a mom mean to you?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.