20 months! We made it!
Breastfeeding has not been an easy journey, but it has been well worth it.
I walked out of the hospital with so many questions. I was still uncertain if breastfeeding was for me. I had trouble latching him on at the hospital, so leaving with uncertainty and no one to help me at home left me feeling confused.
The words that ran through my head constantly were, “I can’t give up.” If I did, it would feel like I failed my son. Breastfeeding is not just choosing to feed your child the way nature intended; it also comes with the bond and attachment.
Breastfeeding is a commitment. There were many nights I had to stay up past my bedtime to pump. There were so many breaks that were sacrificed for pumping in the back of my mail truck. There were many mornings I had to get up 3 hours before work to pump. Breastfeeding takes sacrifice.
Everyone's journey is NOT exactly the same. Some women exclusively breastfeed. Some women strictly pump. Whatever you choose, make a decision that is right for you and your family.
Below are some questions that were gathered from social media, that several mothers asked me about my journey.
1. Is this your first?
Yes, this is my first child.
2. What influenced you to breastfeed?
This may sound cliche’, but several moms on social media and coworkers at a previous job did. Without them, I would not have known that people still breastfed. Honestly, before having a kid, the thought of how I would be feeding my future kid did not come across my mind until I found out I was pregnant.
3. How do you keep up with your supply?
I work a pretty strenuous job as a mail carrier, so I was actually pumping while at work, in the back of my mail truck during my breaks. While at home I nursed on demand and pumped as soon as I got home from work then got right back to it early in the morning. I drank a lot of water on the job. I wasn’t eating like I should have, so my supply dropped a few times. To get my supply back up I used lactation supplements from Legendary Milk or
4. How long do you plan to breastfeed for?
I will stop when my son is ready to stop, but I have no plans on continuing after age 3.
5. How do you deal with extended breastfeeding shaming?
I’ve never dealt with extended breastfeeding shaming. The only ones who know that I still breastfeed are a few family members and close friends.
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