Silvia Castagna Dohme (29) and Adriana (10.5 months)
Norwalk, Connecticut | Brooklyn, NY
Silvia shares -
"I have never been thin. I was the girl that always had a medium build, size 10 or 12 for most of my life. Then a year before I got married I lost some weight and was down to a size 6. I worked so hard to get to that size 6. Then, once I became pregnant I worried about gaining all the weight back and more. I was terrified of getting stretch marks and saggy boobs. Sure enough around the 9 month mark I was pushing close to 200 pounds. After having my daughter I felt like my body was not mine anymore. My body had completely changed but for a good reason. Now that am a mother is makes me appreciate all of the imperfections my body now has. All of those imperfections are just reminders of the sacrifices my body had to go through to create one of the most amazing thing in my life.
Being a first time parent is overwhelming. You are constantly questioning yourself if what you're doing is right or wrong. When I first held my daughter is was instant love. A love I had never felt before. I never thought it was possible to love someone so much. In the beginning my body was running on adrenaline so the lack of sleep didn't bother me. My husband and I were on cloud nine and could not get over the fact that we create this beautiful little human and she was all ours.
I knew I always wanted to breastfeed for at least a year. The first 3 months were definitely the hardest. I was always unsure if my milk supply was producing enough for her to eat. I would feel awkward or embarrassed if I had to fed her in public. I had become uncomfortable in my own skin. It took a little time for me to realize that everything I was doing was perfectly fine for my daughter. Everyday is a new learning adventure for the both of us. Instead of being scared of what other people are thinking, we need to embrace who we are and what I believe is best for my daughter.
My girlfriend asked me to be apart of this with her. As women we need to support one another. "