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Breastfeeding milestones: The Boobie Awards

Earlier this month, Baby G and I hit our 9 month breastfeeding milestone.

I think this is reason to celebrate. I want to note that this post is not to make any non-breastfeeding mamas feel bad. Some mamas very dear to me switched to formula early on after genuinely giving nursing their best shot. They get enough flack from everyone else that it would be wrong for me to dish them up a side of smugness here.

With that said though, breastfeeding is a huge part of my story and I want to talk about it here.

It was somewhere in Baby G’s third or fourth month of life when I started to get very weary of nursing. We had worked out the initial kinks that arose the first few weeks of breastfeeding – the poor latch, the unbelievably sore nipples, low milk supply – and Baby G and I had settled into a rhythm that worked for us. But 10 weeks in, I was still waking every 1.5 hours to nurse throughout the night and I was getting fatigued.

Breastfeeding a baby with teeth.

I wanted Joe to acknowledge how hard I was working to make breastfeeding work, so one day I jokingly told Joe that “most husbands” buy their wives presents for breastfeeding milestones. A gift at three months, a gift at six months, etc.

And he bought it! So I played along. Yes, all my friends’ partners bought them presents. No, I’m not mad at you. Well, maybe a little disappointed. But I forgive you. You didn’t know.

A few months later, he very sincerely approached me and said, “cutie, I used Google to try to find examples of what other husbands buy their wives for breastfeeding milestones and I couldn’t find what you were talking about.”

Not to be proven wrong now (I was too far in!), I made it my business to find someone on the Internet talking about gifts for breastfeeding milestones. EVERYTHING is on the Internet, right? Well, after scouring birth forums and blogs, I found what I was looking for.

They’re called the Boobie Awards, and it is a real thing.

The Boobie Awards

I found this list on Tales from the Nursery:

  • Bronze = 3 months of nursing
  • Silver = 6 months of nursing
  • Jade = 9 months of nursing
  • Gold = 12 months of nursing
  • Diamond = 18 months of nursing
  • Platinum = 24 months of nursing

I added the “jade” award for 9 months because I needed an excuse to “catch up” for the awards I missed out on at three and six months. Plus jade is a rad stone.

So this weekend, Joe brought home a pretty wrapped bag with two of my favorite Disney movies on DVD – my jade Boobie Award! You might think that’s a lame gift, but if you knew me, you’d know how happy it made me.

My nine month "jade" Boobie Award.

My nine month “jade” Boobie Award.

I had honestly forgotten about my half-joking gift grab from him, so I wasn’t expecting a Boobie Award. With the gift he told me how much he appreciates me for nursing and thanked me for sticking with it this long.

I’m not sure when I’ll stop breastfeeding. Now with her eating a variety of solid foods, we’re doing just three to four nursing sessions a day. It’s been a really nice way to connect with a growingly independent girl without having to be milked around the clock. It puts her in a great mood, boosts her with immunities, and I actually find it relaxing now. She’s done with the all-night feedings and sleeps 10-12 hours solid every night. It’s the most convenient snack I cangive her. No preparation or cleanup needed! So as of today, I have no immediate plans to wean.

For the upcoming gold milestone (1 year), I told Joe to calculate how much a year supply of formula would have cost to gage how much he should spend on this gift. Fat chance of that happening, but it’s worth a shot, right?

But more than the material gifts, what I like about the Boobie Awards is it gives us a reason to celebrate reaching these hard-earned milestones.

So ladies, I think we should make this more mainstream. Tell your partners about the Boobie Awards. You have sacrificed time, convenience, sleep, your body and your vanity to breastfeed and you deserve to be honored.

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16 Comments

  1. Kelly on October 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Congrats on 9 months! I’ve breastfed both of mine– one for 11 months, one for 16 months. The 2nd kid bit a HOLE in me at 11 months, and it hurt so bad! I felt sheepish dragging myself to the lactation consultant, since I was such a “pro”, but it was worth every penny. She said it’s really common if they co-sleep and/or have teeth– they can have a bad latch in the middle of the night, and you might not even know it.

    • creatingmom on October 28, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      A HOLE?! This is a story I must hear.

  2. Darcy on October 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Congrats! I should have kept posting my individual boobie awards, maybe more people would have found them (and celebrated more!). My first went beyond platinum and baby #2 and I are almost to gold 🙂

    • creatingmom on October 28, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      Thanks Darcy, I know you wrote that post years ago but it’s still helping women. I’d love to spread the word more. Maybe in 10 years, everyone will know about Boobie Awards.

  3. Lauren Markman on October 29, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Hold on a second while I forward this post to my husband. He has some shopping to do.
    Congrats on your nine months of breast-feeding! Yes, it is a commitment and it is hard, so it is truly something you should celebrate. I made it to gold with my son and was so glad I did it for us both!

    • creatingmom on October 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Yes, I don’t think that Boobie Awards ever expire so cash yours in!

  4. Denise on October 29, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Man. I never thought of this. I’m on baby #2 and not one award. I BFed my oldest for a year then she self-weaned. Now my youngest is almost a year old and still doesn’t sleep through the night. I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in over a year (who sleeps well right before giving birth? Not me!). I imagine I’ll be BFing her quite a bit longer.

    Found you via Turn It Up Tuesday! that I’m co-hosting. Thanks for linking up! 🙂

    • creatingmom on October 29, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Well with your next one, I think your man owes you 3x the average Boobie Award gift. 😉 Thanks for reading. I follow you too.

  5. Lauren on October 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    First, congrats!

    Second, this is amazing. Absolutely amazing.

    Third, I breastfed for a year, but that was 3 years ago. Can I still cash those awards in? There’s no time limit, right? My husband will buy into this idea?

    • creatingmom on October 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      No expiration date. CASH IN NOW. Maybe you could “reminisce” one night, talk about all those all-night nursing days. Tell him you’re exhausted just thinking about it… then swoop in with the Boobie Award idea. Hahaha.

  6. Nancy on November 1, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Haha…I’m going to “accidentally” leave this page open so when my husband checks the computer this will be the first thing he sees. Love it! We just passed Jade ourselves! 🙂

    • creatingmom on November 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      I think that’s a great plan… Let me know how it goes. Perhaps a pair of Jade earrings? 😀

  7. Natasha @ Epic Mommy Adventures on November 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I love the idea of the Boobie Awards…as you mentioned, it’s a great way to receive recognition and appreciation for such a tremendous task. Maybe if I had received a boobie award, I would have lasted a bit longer. I breastfed for 6 months so I would be able to get at least 2 gifts!

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesdays! We love having you! 🙂

    • creatingmom on November 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Cash in now, Natasha! ;-). Yes the “awards” really are incentive to keep going. Congrats on making it six months!

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      Thank you so much! I love your link-up.

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