My Breastfeeding Story

Aug 5th

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I’ll share my journey through breastfeeding.

Corey (now age 9):

When Corey was born, I had read the available books and magazines I had access to.  I prepared myself as best I could and there was really no question as to whether or not I was going to breastfeed.  Though I was still enrolled in college, my plan was to take a year off in order to stay home with him.  This would not only make nursing easier, it would make it easier not having to pay for daycare.

(Corey -- 11 months)

There really was no struggle with Corey’s nursing.  I followed the doctor’s orders to nurse every couple hours for a designated amount of time, and we really did everything “by the book.”  I had a large stack of newborn and infant magazines that were dog-eared by the end of his first year.  Since this was almost ten years ago, we couldn’t afford internet of our own to turn to for information.

He weaned at about 13 months.

Aiden (now age 6):

Aiden’s story is rather different.  We were going through a difficult time in our marriage, my pregnancy with him was complicated by bouts of severe depression and I had to be heavily medicated.  Several environmental factors contributed to his growth and development, but my breastfeeding never came into question until he was about 9 months old.  At his check-up, the pediatrician suggested we start supplementing formula and that he start seeing developmental specialists.  We weaned at 11 months.  The details of that time period are difficult and painful for me to recall.  I am just glad I was able to nurse as long as I did.

(Aiden -- 6 months)

Simon (now age 3):

The only difficulties I met with Simon were a little oversupply and over-active letdown.  It caused him pain and the occasional nursing strike.  Once we tried block feeding, the issues were under control and I nursed Simon until he was 2-and-a-half.   Nursing a toddler and while pregnant was a new experience for me, not met with its own problems.  I’m sure I made several family members uncomfortable.  It was a bonding experience like no other, though.  He could ask me for “Eesies” when he felt sleepy or sad.  And it wasn’t like he nursed every two hourse like a newborn.  No, he would climb into bed first thing in the morning and latch on.  Sometimes he nursed before naptime, and he always nursed a little before he went to bed.

Can you tell Simon's nursing?

(Can you tell Simon's nursing in this picture? Shh...don't tell facebook.)

Timothy (now 3 months):

I had some over-active letdown problems when Timothy was about five weeks old, but block feeding helped.  Our breastfeeding journey has just begun.  I hope it goes as smoothly as possible.

And because I love this pic so much, I’m posting it again:

Other World Breastfeeding Week stories around the blogosphere:

Do you have a breastfeeding story to share?  Leave me a link and I’ll add it to my post!

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