October 25, 2013

The Importance of Together as a Mom

I'm spending another 5 minutes of nap time writing for Five Minute Friday this week on the prompt of Together.


It took me awhile to realize the importance of togetherness as a mom, of spending time with other moms. If you're a new mom or future mom, I encourage you to come together with other moms.

I didn't go to a La Leche League (breastfeeding support group) meeting until Evan was almost six months old. We weren't having any problems with nursing, so I didn't think I needed to go. But I need together. I need to be around other moms choosing to nurse past a year or even two because there are people who think nursing a baby who can walk is disgusting. I need to be reminded that I'm not alone. I go to a moms' group to remember that I'm not the only mom who's accidentally whacked her baby's head while walking through a doorway or who doesn't have a perfectly clean house.

As an introvert I'm happy being along most of the time, but I still need the togetherness.


  1. I don't think that at all. I nursed my baby til she was 16 months even when my mom was saying you need to wean her. I would have kept going if I did not end up in the hospital on wafarin for a blood clot. Glad you found a group to gather with for encouragement.

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  2. It does help. :) I am thankful for other moms who don't draw dividing lines over issues of preference. "This is the choice that our family has made" does not automatically mean your choice is wrong... but I have encountered plenty of moms who think it does.

    And then I'm thankful for older moms in the grocery store who come up to me and say, "I just wanted to let you know you're a good mom. You are training him rather than putting him on your hip or in the cart. Good job." Some of them have pretty great understanding of what "together" means.


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