Name and age of your nursling?
Jackson 9 weeks
What does breastfeeding mean to you?
Breastfeeding is so important to me because it's the one thing that only I can do for my son. It is a connection to him that reminds me of our times together while I was pregnant, just like that time I am solely responsible for his nourishment and that is both a huge responsibility and a huge privilege. I love knowing that I am giving him the best possible start I can!
What has been your biggest breastfeeding challenge?
In the beginning I had a large oversupply and a very forceful letdown which meant that poor Jackson would drown/choke every time he'd start nursing and then throw up every time he'd finish nursing! It was terrifying and frustrating. Now that I've returned to work I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum and constantly worrying about pumping enough to provide for him. Breastfeeding is not easy but it is certainly worth it for me and I'm so glad I've stuck with it, don't see us stopping any time soon at all!
What do you love most about breastfeeding?
I love knowing that I'm providing my son with a gift, the best possible nutrition he can get. The best thing though is knowing I can provide him with antibodies to keep him healthy. When he was five weeks old I got the flu and was so worried he would get sick too, but thanks to the amazing way breastmilk works he stayed happy and healthy! So cool!
Who (or what) has offered you support in your journey?
My husband has been so supportive of our breastfeeding relationship providing me comfort and encouragement when things are tough. I also have an amazing group of mom friends who all had babies within two months of eachother and each of them have been amazing giving me tips and advice! I seriously don't know what I would do without their help and continuing willingness to troubleshoot anything that comes up!
Any other advice for moms who want to breastfeed?
Stick with it, while I consider it a huge privilege to provide Jackson's nourishment it can also be overwhelming to know I'm 100% responsible for it. Be gentle with yourself as you and your baby are both learning, it gets easier and more wonderful every day. Know that every drop you are able to provide is a gift and your worth as a mother is not measured in ounces, especially as a working pumping mom it's all too easy to get caught up in the numbers, trust your body and your baby!