Breastfeeding


I LOVE breastfeeding! It's not always easy or convenient, but it is the BEST nutrition for your baby and an excellent way to bond with him/her. Few things are as beautiful and natural as BFing. I wanted to nurse for at least a year, but I was only able to go for 9 months with my daughter. I did exclusive breastfeeding for 7 months and then the last 2 months I had to supplement with formula. I went back to work when she was 5 months old and just could not keep up with the pumping. No matter how good the pump, it does not get as much milk as the baby can, so my supply just kept decreasing. Plus, Lydia was getting bottles all day and, at an age where babies are getting really squirmy, my boobs just could not compete. Plus, I was the only one of my friends with a kid and certainly the only person I knew my age who was breastfeeding. I did not have the knowledge and resources I should have and I regret that.

Breastfeeding my son is much easier. To date, we are still going strong and he turned a year in May 2013. I was able to stay home, so Elliott has had about a fifth of the mounth of bottles that Lydia has had and he has never had formula. I also didn't have to do too much pumping, which is great because I HATE pumping. I have a great Medela pump, don't get me wrong, it's just that pumping is uncomfortable. You are trapped, stuck to a machine that makes God awful noises while you watch your nipples get stretched like Laffy Taffy. It's also very nerve-wracking because you start to obsess over the amount of ounces you NEED to pump every day to keep up. I went to my local La Leche League meetings and surrounded myself with nursing mommy friends.

If you need any help or have any questions about BFing, the number one experts on the matter are La Leche League. They are an endless source of information and support. You'll notice across the top that there is a tab to search for a local LLL. Pretty cool.

Some great BFing reads:

1. The Womanly Art of Breatfeeding by Diana West
2. Mothering Your Nursing Toddler by Norma J. Bumgarner
3. Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin
4. The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning by William Sears M.D.
5. The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk by Diana West (forward by Marth Sears, R.N.)

Teach Me How to Breastfeed - best (and most informative) music video on the internet!