Name and age of your nursling?
Bea is 4 months old
What does breastfeeding mean to you?
I don't know that it really "means" anything to me; it just is. This is what my body was made to do and I am participating in the natural order of the world.
What has been your biggest breastfeeding challenge?
It hurt! The first few weeks we struggled with a shallow latch, strong let down which led to lots of choking and spitting up, and toe curling soreness from having a baby on my boob nonstop. I don't even know exactly when it got better, but one day I just realized that it was easy and we weren't struggling any more.
What do you love most about breastfeeding?
What I most love about nursing my little chickie is when she randomly looks up at my with a giant grin on her face as though she just realized how awesome I am. It makes me laugh every time, even at 4 in the morning!
Who (or what) has offered you support in your journey?
I saw three different lactation consultants in the early days but honestly it didn't seem to help. My biggest support has been my husband. When I sit down to feed her, he brings me my water bottle, makes sure that I have the pillows I need, double checks that there is a burp cloth and then at night, he sits with me until she is done so that he can put her back to sleep. It makes my heart happy :)
Any other advice for moms who want to breastfeed?
Trust your body. Trust your baby. Don't get caught up in tracking ounces and weight and hours and minutes. It gets easier, I promise!