National Breastfeeding Awareness Month: My Breastfeeding Journey

Support National Breastfeeding Awareness Month AugustBreastfeeding was on of those taboo topics that people just didn’t talk about when I was pregnant with my first child.  As a new mom, I knew right away that I wanted to try breastfeeding my baby.  My first experience with breastfeeding happened when my twin sisters were born.   I remember seeing my mom breastfeeding and knew that my body was designed to feed my baby.  My mom also rented a breast pump for a short period of time so that she could give my twin sisters breast milk, they were born six weeks early and spent a few days in the NICU.  My mom only breastfed them for a short period of time to help boast their immune system.  When my mother had to return to work, she decided to ditched the breast pump and decided to give up breastfeeding and switch to formula.

Disclosure:  This post is for informational purposes only and is based upon my own experience.

 In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, I wanted to share my own breastfeeding journey.

After watching my mom breastfeed my younger sisters, I felt that I knew enough to attempt to exclusively breastfeed my baby.  When my daughter was born, I remember putting her to my breast for the first time.  She latched on right away and I felt like a natural.  When we were discharged from the hospital, I remember that the hospital sent home some formula samples in case that I changed my mind and decided not to breastfeed.  That formula went to waste because I never ended up using it.  My daughter loved breast milk so much that she would talk and make noises while eating.  I breastfed her for about 13 months, when I finally decided to wean her.

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8 Responses

  1. I breastfed my baby exclusively for the first 6 months. I did it everywhere I went with a nursing cover and when I went back to work after 6 weeks I pumped at home and at work so she can have breastmilk while at home. Thanks for increasing breastfeeding awareness.

  2. Corinne says:

    I loved breastfeeding my son. We just weaned 2 weeks ago at 29 months. It was a hard transition for him but he is doing great with the self-soothing.

  3. That’s one thing I wish I could go back and have a “do over” with my kids as I did not breast feed them.

    • Christy says:

      Breastfeeding is a difficult decision for some new moms and I think with education and awareness more moms will be exposed to the benefits of breastfeeding. I wouldn’t have had a clue about breastfeeding if it wasn’t for my mom doing it. I am sorry that you didn’t get the chance to breastfeed. Thank you for sharing.

  4. rhonda says:

    I love the way people embrace it more, now. It’s also wonderful that we have tools like the pump, so that no matter what, there is something available for baby if we have made up our minds that formula isn’t our choice. And wow! Eighteen months old is excellent. Thirteen months? And two and a half!?? That’s wonderful. It’s such a full time job; I breastfed, but not quite that long. Wow, I’m happy for you that you got to experience it to the fullest :-)

    • Christy says:

      Breastfeeding in public is still a hot topic for those who choose to breastfeed. It is sad that people can’t get over the fact that a woman’s boobs were designed for the sole purpose of feeding babies. They were later turned into sexual objects. I think the more women continue to nurse in public and the more education that people have the more women will stand up for their right to breastfeeding in public.

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