Name and age of your nursling?
Emma 14 months
What does breastfeeding mean to you?
Breastfeeding is my superpower. It's the one thing that can meet all of my babies needs. When she is hungry, hurt, tired, sick, wanting cuddles, needing quiet time. All of these things are remedied through breastfeeding. It's an amazingly powerful tool and I love having it with me wherever we go.
What has been your biggest breastfeeding challenge?
Our biggest challenge was in our early days. Emma was born right at 36 weeks and the hospital required me to do a "triple feed" this was timed breastfeeding along with formula supplementation by my husband while I pumped every 3 hours until my milk really came in. This was beyond stressful. Just the idea of my milk production not being ready for her was anxiety provoking. Counting minutes of feeding on me and counting ounces that I pumped was not at all what I Had envisioned my breast feeding experience to look like. After a few weeks of this I decided to trust my body and I cut out the formula and pumping sessions altogether and We've been exclusively breastfeeding ever since.
What do you love most about breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding for me offers moments where I get to truly experience the present moment.
I love it when my world gets to slow down for a few minutes throughout the day and I get that one on one time with my babe.
Who (or what) has offered you support in your journey?
My husband, parents and friends. Although all of them have asked at some point when we intend to stop I just smile and say probably when she goes to college. We will stop whenever Emma is ready and I hope that's not anytime soon.
Any other advice for moms who want to breastfeed?
Trust your body and know breastfeeding gets easier with time. It becomes natural, effortless and more amazing as the days go on.
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