Okay… let me start this off by saying FED IS BEST! So many of our decisions as mothers are harshly judged and there’s no need to shame anyone for doing what’s right for their child. Starving children is looked down upon far more than giving them formula.
Also, I’m nursing my 18 month old as I write this because, heaven forbid I sit on the couch without her laying on my lap groping me screaming for “bobos”.
Aaaaanywho, breastfeeding has been both the best and most challenging decision I’ve ever made! The undeniable bond…STOP SQUIRMING HONEY, MOMMY IS TRYING TO WRITE! The health benefits, the cost savings… SERIOUSLY ARE YOU TRAINING TO BE A CONTORTIONIST?! A common bond with breastfeeding mommies and support groups. I love it. STOP KICKING MOMMY IN THE CHIN THAT’S NOT NICE!
If you’re just beginning to breast feed or you’re struggling, remember one thing: it’s not always easy or glamorous, but it is worth it.
You’ll experience sore nipples (I promise this will improve, you won’t always feel like they’re going to burst into flames). OUCH! MOMMY IS NOT A TEETHING BISCUIT! NO BITING!
You’ll get used to the comments people will make (Yes, I really need to do this here! No, I don’t think she’s a bit old to be nursing. Yes, she has teeth and occasionally bites me, but she’s not a cannibal, I’ll be fine, thanks for your concern.) This being said, I’m ready to be done, she’s not…not even a little. So, I continue. Some say I’m spoiling her, that she doesn’t need it any more. I say those people can go literally anywhere else with their opinions. YOU’RE DONE NOW, PULLING MY HAIR IS NOT OKAY!
You’ll go through MANY drops in supply and you WILL freak out but never fear, the human body is here! Dedication and hydration are key in drought periods. If it’s just not working, pat yourself on the back for trying, have a good cry and move on. I was there once with my first born and I promise you he’s healthy, smart and just as bonded to mommy as his leche loving sister.
I’m no medical professional, but one concern I’ve seen a ton of is, “did I have to pump and dump when…” the answer is almost always NO. Speak to a lactation consultant before doing the dreaded P&D, that liquid gold is precious and hard to make!
Sustaining another human is hard work whether you feed from a bottle, a breast, a spoon or syringe. Take pride in promoting happy, healthy children and trust your body and motherly instinct. Never EVER give up on anything as far as your child is concerned because of the opinions of others.
You’re a kick ass, mama, keep on keepin’ on!