What does Breastfeeding mean to you?
For me, breast feeding has brought me closer to God. I am constantly in awe of the fact that God created my body to nourish and sustain her little life. The fact that my body grew her, regulates her and feeds her is the most amazing feeling ever.
What has been your biggest breastfeeding challenge?
It took me a few weeks before I finally felt like I had the hang of breast feeding. I went through all of the pain and supply issues that many moms struggle with. My biggest challenge, however, has been the inconvenience of feeding her in public. I am not confident enough to breast feed her without a nursing cover (which she hates) so I usually end up giving her a bottle when I'm out. I wish it wasn't like that....but I just get very self conscious and feel like I'll be offending someone if I feed her without a cover.
What do you love most about breastfeeding?
I love the time it has allowed me to be with her. She is such a curious and active baby, but when I feed her, she is calm and secure. Her body relaxes and I know she is content in my arms. It's just me and her, in a quiet place, as close as a mother and child can be.
Who (or what) has offered you the most support?
My husband has been an amazing support person. I also took some local breast feeding support classes during the first 2 months and those were incredible. They gave me the confidence and encouragement I needed to keep going and not give up during the hard times.
Any advice for other mothers who want to breastfeed?
It's like a dance and your baby is your partner. At first you may not know the steps...or even be dancing to the same song! But with time and practice, your bodies will sync up and you will be dancing in perfect harmony. Don't give up. It gets better! The hardships you'll face when trying to figure out breast feeding WON'T last forever! For some (present company included) there will probably be many, many times you feel like it's not worth the effort, time or hassle, but it is. It is SO worth all the pain and the struggle when things finally fall into place and you have that precious baby in your arms. Surround yourself with positive people and think positive thoughts. Stress only makes it harder and negativity fosters hopelessness. Take classes, go to support groups, reach out to other breast feeding mothers and ask questions, do whatever you can to stick with it.