Name and age of your nursling?
Kēlau was 4 1/2 months old in these pictures. (time has slipped away so fast) DOB 5/11/14.
What does breastfeeding mean to you?
Breastfeeding means the world to me. It is a badge of honor. An "I did it! and I did not give up feeling. I am able to be the one providing what my baby needs to grow so strong. It is me and it is amazing. I also have a little bit of spite mixed in since my family does not give 2 hoots about breastfeeding.
What has been your biggest breastfeeding challenge?
One is the huge lack of support. My mother as well as mother in law did not BF past 2 months. My mother asked me if it was time to start him on formula at 3 months. Through the last months I have dealt with a clueless pediatrician who never checked him for lip or tongue because he latched well. Turns out he was pretty bad with both. We had that corrected at 3 months and it tore my heart out holding my little man down while they conducted the procedures. It was frustrating that the doctor never checked him at the hospital. Another challenge I had or obstacle as I like to put it was he would projectile vomit all the time. I had a hard time letting others hold him because they would literally be covered in spit up which then always sparked the question "Is he ok??" These constant questions brought on a barrage of feelings of insecurity. I was constantly checking his weight; always worried. I attended breastfeeding support groups which then made me feel bad which then leads into our next obstacle: very heavy letdown. Poor, sweet boy would act like he was drowning each time he began nursing - the look of fear that struck is eyes when he had to gasp for air…let's just say, I was a wreck.
What do you love most about breastfeeding?
I love all that it means to me. I am doing this. This is me feeding my baby. The bond is something that can not be measured.
Who (or what) has offered you support in your journey?
My support came from my husband, mother in law and friends. My husband Dustin - for always just letting me do what feels right to me. My friend Mclean - for her nursing in public like a pro. Mercedes - for also not flinching with public nursing. My mother in law, Patty - for always telling me how proud she was. As I write this I feel so grateful for those around me. My friends rock! I love you guys.
Any other advice for moms who want to breastfeed?
Stick with it. Trust your body. Don't listen to all the unsolicited advice especially if it is judgmental or defeatist. Find your family, make your village. Surround yourself with those who have big hearts. We are out there always willing to be your friend too.