It was just under a year ago when I was presented with the opportunity to write for Bravado and be the first male breastfeeding blogger.
Here’s how much my life has changed since then:
When I received the offer, my wife was about half-way through the pregnancy. Now, my daughter, Hava, is seven months old and cuddling next to me as I write this farewell. So if there are any typos, blame the baby.
(We also bought a new house and a new car, but those changes seem so insignificant right now.)
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was up to being the first dad to blog about breastfeeding. Neither my wife nor I were breastfed as babies, so we were going into this totally clueless.
But I hope I’ve been able to share some insights, tips, laughs – and most of all, perspective from a new type of voice in the breastfeeding discussion.
Now, though, it’s time for me to move on from this space.
Hava is now working her way across the produce section, relying on squash, peas and sweet potatoes, as she eats graduates from being exclusively breastfed.
I find in feeding her with a spoon some of the bonding moments my wife had while breastfeeding.
[Confession: When feeding Hava, I tend to put on 80s music and rock out a bit. She looks on quizzically.]
So, while I sing Duran Duran and Starship hits to my baby, someone else will use this real estate to chronicle their unique breastfeeding journey.
Don’t worry, I’m not going far!
For stories, tips, photos and more, you can check out www.TheFatherhoodGuide.com. And after you read it, tell a bunch of friends about it, too!
For those in the Twitterverse, I’m @mikeschaffer and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’d be happy to talk to anyone about how a dad can be involved in breastfeeding, or anything else about parenting.
Thank you to the incredible staff behind Bravado! I’ve loved working with you and my wife loves your products!
Thank you to the amazing women who I’ve been honored to write with over this past year on the site.
And thank you for reading. I really appreciate it.
Again, I’m no expert, just a married guy trying to do what’s best for his family.