What Does Breastfeeding Mean To You?
Breastfeeding means that I am nourishing my baby the way I was meant to. It is empowering knowing that not only did I grow this person in my body, but I am making this little body thrive with my own. Every pound she gains reminds me to take care of myself and eat the best I can to make sure that she is being fed the best of the best.
What Has Been Your Biggest Breastfeeding Challenge?
This is my third baby, but everything has been so different this time. I knew her latch didn't feel right and had to fight with the pediatrician to diagnose her lip tie...and then have it corrected. By the time it was fixed, she was 3 months old and had lost so much of the time she was supposed to be packing on weight. She's still my petite girl. I still wonder how big she would be if the "experts" had just listened to me.
What Do You Love Most About Breastfeeding?
I love the snuggle time and just being needed. I love that I can soothe just about anything with a little milk. Something scared the baby? Your socks don't feel right? Here's a boobie. hahaha
Who (or What) Offers You Support?
My husband and my older girls are wonderful support for me. My mother-in-law is a RN and really had to wrap her head around our extended breastfeeding and some other "crunchy" things we do. It's amazing because my husband simply says, "Our research led us to this decision." and that's the end of the discussion. My big girls think that it's weird to not breast feed and plan on breastfeeding their children one day. When something is shown to be normal and natural, children don't have a 2nd thought about. :) Sadly, it's usually an adult that has a problem. I have never had a child see me nurse and say, "Eww, gross!"The one child who asked why the baby didn't drink cow's milk accepted my reply with complete understanding.......Have you ever seen a baby cow drink human milk? Then baby humans should drink human milk.