Every mother has her own timeline when it comes to breastfeeding.
Some decide on nursing for a couple months, many months, and some even decide to donate their milk.
New mother Natasha Fogarty had planned to breastfeed for a year, until she received heartbreaking news that altered her plans. While she was pregnant, Fogarty found a lump on her right side, but dismissed it as an abnormal change due to hormones.
She then gave birth and began to breastfeed her son Milo, but still was aware of the unwavering lump.
She decided to visit an obstetrician who performed a biopsy and discovered that she had Stage 2 breast cancer. Through shock and tears, Fogarty scheduled to get a single mastectomy as quickly as possible.
The news was even more bitter because it meant that she would no longer be able to breastfeed her baby.
Though she is currently facing a very difficult ordeal, she still honored her last time breastfeeding with amazing photos and an emotional post on Breastfeeding Mama Talk.
Check below to read her statement about breastfeeding for the last time, coupled with powerful photos of her and her family.
Natasha Fogarty posted on Facebook:
“My breastfeeding story stopped just Sunday. There are heavy tears in my eyes.”
“I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer and I am only 29 years old. I had to have a single mastectomy.”
“I wanted and planned to breastfeed for a year. Unfortunately, to save my life, I had to stop. I want any other mom out there going through this to stay strong and positive.”
“I am so blessed to have three breastmilk donors in my life that are giving for free.”
“Sunday, I decided to have a photo shoot to remember my last day breastfeeding. 2:05 a.m. on Monday, as my son fell asleep on my boob, I was sad, but it was peaceful.”
“I was lucky to be able to cherish the last week of our breastfeeding journey. Oh and I dyed my hair pink because I will destroy this cancer!”
“And if you are going through breast cancer, too, and need a shoulder and someone to talk to, I am here! Thanks Breastfeeding Mama Talk!”
Her words may be a bit mournful, but they also emulate her strength and ability to empathize with and inspire others who are going through hard times!
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