What does Breastfeeding mean to you?
Breastfeeding is something that women have been doing for centuries to feed their babies, and I love being a part of something that has stayed constant from the beginning of time. Breastfeeding is love, comfort, security and food all wrapped up in a beautiful gesture that is the most natural and healthy thing a mother can do for herself and her baby. Breastfeeding has given me the chance to form a special bond with both of my babies and that is so amazing. I love that my body can produce everything my sweet son needs to grow and thrive.
What has been your biggest breastfeeding challenge?
With my daughter, beginning breastfeeding was a bit of a challenge. She was tiny, and fell asleep really quickly. I had to pump after every feeding and feed her with a syringe which was a lot of work for a brand new mama. I also have had an over supply with both of my babies, so learning how to manage that has been challenging at times.
What do you love most about breastfeeding?
I love having several times a day where the world has to stop, and I can snuggle with my baby for a while. I love looking at him and just soaking him in. I also love watching my baby grow and knowing that I am giving him everything that he needs to grow both physically and emotionally.
Who (or what) has offered you the most support?
I have felt supported by most everyone since I began breastfeeding my daughter and now breastfeeding my son. There are some wonderful pro-breastfeeding moms out there and I have learned so much from them.
Any advice for other mothers who want to breastfeed?
My biggest piece of advice is to educate yourself as much as possible, because the support you get right after birth may not be great. If you are prepared, it is so much easier. I would also say that breastfeeding can be HARD in the beginning and try to be prepared for that. I don't feel like new mamas are warned that it may be hard in the beginning, and when it is they think they may be doing something wrong. Breastfeeding is a journey that begins with you and your baby learning how to do it and what works for you. Ask for help if you need it, and just keep with it. It does get easier, and before you know it the early challenges are over and you have a wonderful breastfeeding relationship.