I am not a vain or confident person - usually I look at pictures of myself and notice my slightly crooked tooth or that I'm a bit more curvaceous than I'd like to be, but soldier on just the same. But when we had our DD's photos done when she was 5 weeks we had some breastfeeding shots.
For the first time in my life when I saw this picture all I saw was beauty. I felt warm and happy at this photographic evidence of the bond between mother and child. At the pride and love I feel when I feed her, that I soothe her tummy and her soul by comforting her.
I never knew I could see myself in this way! Without prejudice or secretly wishing I looked prettier, more tanned, thinner. I just saw the smile on my face and her big, blue eyes looking up at me.
And that's when I realised, I am beautiful.
I hope all you mummies out there, breastfeeders or not, realise how beautiful you are - you have given life, and you should take pride, and love yourself for that! Every stretch mark is like a badge to show the world (or if you're like me just your partner lol) that you have taken an amazing journey and you are all the more beautiful for it!