Breastfeeding: How I've tried to Master and Survive it

September 9, 2014



Breastfeeding has been a bit of a controversy for many years. When I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed, but I didn't know for how long. I was scared my milk supply would decrease, he wouldn't want to latch on, or he'll just wean himself off after like 3 months.

Thank god for my lactation consultant and KellyMom. I would've been so lost in what was best for the baby and me. The more I read and consulted with people, the more I wanted to breastfeed. The most cons I would see is not being able to drink, and I've found a way around that; so, basically I have pros all the way for breastfeeding. I think we both, being my baby and me, love the time we get to connect while breastfeeding. I also believe it's what had him sitting without support at 4 months, and starting to drag himself at 5 months, and completely crawling at 6 months. Now, he's 9 months and walking with support of the wall, walker, or couch. He stands up on his own, and eats food like an adult. He's also sometimes always attached to the breast which is why I drink Yogi's Women Nursing Support when I want to increase my milk supply.

Breastmilk just works wonders for babies. I think the only problem people have with it is witnessing a mother feed her child in public. People can't see the benefits the child is getting from breastfeeding, and only see how uncomfortable they feel while watching a mother nurse. Notice how I said "they" feel uncomfortable. I nurse in public all the time, and not once have I felt uncomfortable. My boyfriend and sister know me by now, and they go about like it's all normal, because you know what? It is! I have conversations and eat while Shiloh is latched on. It's completely normal to me, because I can see all the benefits he is getting from it. My son also eats food, but he loves washing it down with breastmilk. So, I have a system. I feed him first, then he latches on, and then I start my meal.

Here's a little resource I got from KellyMom:

“Breastfeeding should ideally continue beyond infancy, but this is currently not the cultural norm and requires ongoing support and encouragement. Breastfeeding during a subsequent pregnancy is not unusual. If the pregnancy is normal and the mother is healthy, breastfeeding during pregnancy is the woman’s personal decision. If the child is younger than two years of age, the child is at increased risk of illness if weaned. Breastfeeding the nursing child after delivery of the next child (tandem nursing) may help to provide a smooth transition psychologically for the older child.”
KellyMom has all the information you will need. They also get resources from other places, like the quote above is from The American Academy of Family Physicians Position Paper on Breastfeeding. Which is letting mother know that breastfeeding is beneficial beyond infancy, and how it's still okay to breastfeed while pregnant.The website is thorough, and so informative. It has info on alcohol and breastmilk, how milk supply works, how to breastpump, which breast pumps to use, and the many benefits of breastfeeding.

On Instagram, there are mothers left and right documenting their breastfeeding journey. Their are also those mothers who attack the liberal moms, because they think breastfeeding is wrong to document or they think breastfeeding is nasty. If you don't like it don't follow those moms, and don't click the hashtags. It's that simple!

This post might not be so informative, but I hope if you're a mom or new mom reading this it promotes you to find the information you need to see if breastfeeding is for you. I hope you read about my journey, and see how beneficial it can be. I enjoy it, and my baby does too! and our bond is iron solid! I'll leave you with a few of our breastfeeding pictures.







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