Another week, another beautiful Colorado breastfeeding pair! Love the Breastfeeding Project and want to participate?? Send us an email at email@example.com for more information!
Name and age of your nursling?
Jackson Davis Yost, 13 months (born 12/2/13)
What does breastfeeding mean to you?
The world. Having worked in the birth/postpartum field before getting pregnant, I knew that formula would not be an option for us, no matter what. I was armed with resources, information, and support (including an army of lactation consultants) to make sure we had the best experience possible. We've had some bumps along the road, but giving up was never an option. I love being able to offer my son comfort and nourishment whenever he needs or wants it. It's such a lovely way to reconnect with him after I've been away at work all day.
What has been your biggest breastfeeding challenge?
Probably pain through various stages and pumping. Pain initially - from fullness and nipple soreness, which eventually subsided, then again since he's sprouted teeth. Pumping has typically gone fairly well for me (there have been ebbs and flows), but it's just not a fun experience and can be hard to fit into my fast-paced (almost all-male) work environment.
What do you love most about breastfeeding?
Knowing that I'm giving my son the best possible food and the obvious comfort it provides him. Knowing that only I can give it to him. (Sure, he can take a bottle of breastmilk, but the time at the breast is wonderful for both of us.) How he's always trying to hold my hand or wrap my hands around his feet or place my hand on his back - I love that he wants to be held and touched while nursing.
Who (or what) has offered you support in your journey?
My husband, mother, friends, family, the birth community as a whole, lactation consultants, my prenatal care provider (Mountain Midwifery Center), pediatrician, even some sweet, smiling strangers give me a boost now and then. I actually can't think of anyone who has been outright *un*supportive.
Any other advice for moms who want to breastfeed?
Do it. For any length of time. Just do it. Know that any amount of breastfeeding is better than none. Any amount of pumped milk is better than none. However it works for you, for however long, it's better than not even trying. Know who will be supportive to you at any hour of the day or night and have their phone number handy at all times. Seek out circles of support - there are so many advocates out there who will encourage you. Don't listen to the nay-sayers - just listen to your own heart.
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