My Breastfeeding Journey: How It Started and How It’s Going
When I first began my breastfeeding journey, I was super nervous and excited. Building a special bond with my baby made my heart melt. I originally chose breastfeeding because of the awesome benefits of giving my baby the healthy nutrients that she needed. Breastfeeding comes with so many benefits such as: helping your baby’s development, getting back to your original weight, and can even decrease risk of allergies for your baby. They tend to call breast milk “liquid gold” and I in no way disagree.
In The Beginning
The first day of breastfeeding, I breastfed and supplemented due to my baby being overly tired. She’d drink for a small amount of time and fall fast asleep. She was however born 3 weeks early, due to my having pre-eclampsia, so this could have contributed to her sleepiness. I cried a few times because I immediately started to feel like a bad mom because my baby wouldn’t eat much. Of course now that I look back, I can laugh at myself.
Things began to pick up a little more, a couple of days into our stay at the hospital. My daughter began to drink a little more, as some of her tiredness wore off. Our long 7 day stay (due to my having preeclampsia) got easier once my breast milk began to flow out profusely. I was super excited about this because this meant I wouldn’t have to both breastfeed and supplement for much longer.
Once we finally were able to go home, my daughter constantly wanted to be on my breasts. This was a great thing, but my breasts were extremely sore in the beginning. There was one time where one of my breasts even bled a bit from the soreness. Check out my post: http://highheelsandmotherhood.com/10-breastfeeding-tools-that-moms-need-2/ for some really good tools to have on your breastfeeding journey, I highly recommend reading it, if you’re considering breastfeeding.
Several Months Into My Breastfeeding Journey
Eventually, I began to get the hang of this thing called breastfeeding. My milk supply was great, I could pump a good amount to store in the freezer, and the soreness wasn’t an issue anymore. However, due to the constant soreness of one of my breasts, I continued to use the same breast for feedings. Do not do this! My breasts aren’t in terrible shape because my breasts are fairly strong, but please note that I can see the difference. If you don’t want to experience this, please switch sides.
One Year Into My Breastfeeding Journey
I did decide to feed past one year. I decided this because I believed that this was the best thing for my daughter’s health. Whether you decide to breastfeed for 1 or 6 months, it is completely your decision. We have to learn that we are parenting our children so we must decide what is best for them until they become adults.
Approaching 2 Years of Breastfeeding
My daughter will be 2 next month, and that will then mark 2 years of my breastfeeding journey. I get a lot of negative feedback because of this, because many people (especially in the black community) do not feel that this is normal. I’m not saying that this is everyone, but many people who aren’t aware of the great benefits of breastfeeding are quick to look down upon it.
However, in the defense of the naysayer it has definitely been a difficult weening process. My daughter refuses to give up “milk” and will throw a tantrum if I tell her to drink from her cup. I do wish I would have began the weeing process just a short time earlier, but overall I’m happy with my journey. I do recommend creating a breastfeeding plan to make your breastfeeding journey go smoother. Breastfeeding is not an easy job and takes lots of patience and trial and error. However, if you take your time and use your resources, you will see the results that you want.
I hope that my journey has given you some insight and made your decision easier. Please grab my free “Breastfeeding Plan” printable before you go.