Thursday, August 6, 2009
Anyone who knows me, knows I am one of the biggest advocates of nursing you will come across. Today I saw a great blog by Cat, over @ 3 Kids and Us. I'd seen glimpses of this doll she spoke of, but hearing her thoughts was refreshing, especially to hear them from a mom who both nursed AND bottle fed!
I thought to celebrate Breastfeeding Week I'd share some of my own thoughts & stories about breastfeeding as well.
Seeing as how, this is a VERY touchy subject for many, I'd like to ask people to take a step back before they read & recognize MY THOUGHTS AND MY CHOICES...they are mine alone. I am entitled to share them ,just as anyone is & if this is a subject that gets you all hot under the collar.. step away now.
Neither of my children have ever had formula. The only reason ANY of my children would ever, was if for a medical reason, they were unable to have breastmilk, either my medical issue, or theirs.
Andy just turned 3, and yes, he's still nursing. Ryan is 15 months, he's still nursing. I nursed Andy through my entire pregnancy ( ouch!)
I never gave formula a chance. I told myself from the start "I'm going to breastfeed." I didnt get bottles, I donated the formula samples I got & just had a mind set "this is just how it goes"
Andy latched easily from the start, I think the hardest part was finding out how to hold him, especially after a c-section.
Andy & I had some OVER supply problems (I'm talking I could hit Mike from across the room people!) that could have been a big deal if I hadn't had a GREAT support system on line at the time, we figured out the problem & how to fix it in 3 days.
Andy & I battled thrush for 6 MONTHS on & off ( Oh, OUCH!) Luckily for me, the only real problem I've ever had with Andy & nursing is getting him to STOP.
I plan to let him wean himself. He only nurses 1-3 times a day, for a few minutes now. I do a "count to 10" it can go slow, or fast, just depending on ME & then that's it for that session!! I dont see him stopping anytime SOON, but I dont see him going until his next birthday either..
Ryan.. Ah.. I'm pretty sure the only people in the entire hospital that understood "You nursed during your pregnancy?" was myself, Mike & maybe ONE other staff member.
Ryan had NO pees or poops it seems. He was nursing alot, just like Andy did, but because I had no idea where my milk was, was it colostrum, or already milk because I've BEEN producing milk?? I was worried.
I had about 3 nurses speak slowly like I was a moron & no one really helped me out. After tears & consideration we nearly got a bottle of formula for Ryan..
I'm so thankful we didn't! Ryan has never been as obsessive a nurser as Andy was/is. At around 12 months I could have probably weaned him & he wouldn't have cared less, now, at 16 months, he's starting to get into it, at night, for a snuggle.. And that's OK.
Some people don't get how I can do it for "so long" What is "so long" in the span of a life? If my boys live to 100, which I hope they do, 3-4 years of nursing is simply nothing in that span of time to help them get to the age of 100!
I think breastfeeding is a commitment on the part of both mother AND child. Its a relationship & when one member of that party is dissatisfied, it makes that relationship difficult.
I do however know, that there is no problem that doesn't have a solution in the world of breastfeeding, and that determination & the WANT to breastfeed is the ultimate deciding factor if you will be successful in nursing your baby or not.
To those who have, to those who tried , to those who will & those who want to. Congratulations on making the best choice & giving the best gift, you can ever give your baby!