“Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (December). For this month, we want to honor breastfeeding for having enriched our lives and blessed us, maybe even empowered us, in a way that only breastfeeding can. Please scroll down to the end of this post and check out the other carnival participants.”

The holiday season is here and what better topic for the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival than the gifts that breastfeeding has brought to my family?  I won’t be talking about the benefits of breastfeeding but rather about the new horizons that breastfeeding has opened up to me.

Top of the list would be this blog.  I am always happy to read feedback about how the blog has been very informative and has helped readers in their own breastfeeding journey.  As I’m preparing for the arrival of my second nursling, I know I am more prepared this time but still doubts linger as each baby is different.  The best I can do is to continue to read up, pray and of course – think positive and be confident!
Because of breastfeeding I was also able to start a small business on the side, focusing on the needs of breastfeeding mom.  Because I used various products (what can I say, I love shopping!), I’m able to bring in and share to my fellow breastfeeding mothers – although I do agree that you actually just need a breast and a baby to successfully breastfeed.   I’m still happy to feed the breastfeeding mom’s shopping wishes through my online store.  Next up is a breastfeeding library as I really would want to share my breastfeeding library to other moms.  Just figuring out the mechanics how to ensure that my books will be returned to me in good shape.
Breastfeeding has brought me new friends – like minded moms who share my passion and parenting ideals.  Aside from the friends I met through LATCH, I have also met friends who are also in the business of selling gear intended for breastfeeding moms.  These friends have become excellent sounding boards in helping me make major decisions in my life.
Finally, what better way to celebrate this holiday season than by welcoming our family’s second nursling – Erik – coming soon (hopefully before Christmas!)

Check out the other participants of the Carnival below (to be updated throughout the day):
Shaps- Beyond Being Thin
Gretchen – Breastfeeding Gifts for Christmas
Carol – The Gift of Miracle
Jenny O.- The Gifts of Breastfeeding
Anne – The Gift of Breastfeeding
Nats – We Wish You Merry Nursing
Jenny R. – If the Magi Were Queens
Em – The “Breast” Gift
Isis- Got Milk?
Armi – Breastfeeding Gifts
Liv – My Breastfeeding Journey
Laya – Time in a Drop of Milk
Mec – The Gift of a Changed Man
Marnellie (Hosted by Jen CC Tan) – Tis the Season to be Giving, From a Donee to a Donor