Let me preface this post, by saying, I am a huge proponent of breastfeeding. But, that doesn’t mean that I’m anti-formula. I think that it’s up to each mom, to determine what is best, for her and her baby.
August 1 – 7 is World Breastfeeding Week. It is in its honor, that I post a bit about my breastfeeding experience. Granted, it was over, almost three years ago, but it still holds a special place, in my heart.
I breastfed The Kid, for 11 months. I would’ve gone the entire year, but I ended getting a really bad case of mastitis. So, for the last four weeks of his first year, I had to give him formula. At first, I felt like a failure, because I couldn’t make it a full year. Then I reasoned, his life had been mostly sustained on my breast milk, alone (throwing in a bit of baby food, here and there).
I loved breastfeeding. The relationship it allowed me to build with my son, was/is phenomenal. It was one of the few moments when it was just us…quietly enjoying each others company.
Even though, the last bit of my experience was horribly painful, I know that if The Hubs would’ve had another baby I would’ve definitely breastfed again.
With all that said, there a few things I would recommend all new mothers, planning to nurse, get.
- If you’re planning on going back to work, or even want to have a life outside of breastfeeding, I recommend you get a quality breast pump. I used a Medela Pump in Style (PIS). Of course, mine wasn’t as shiny and new a model as this one. Seeing as it was a few years ago.
- Breast Pads. I used the disposable ones, because, it was easier, with me going back to work full-time when he was eight weeks old. And, I speak from experience…nothing – aside from peeing your pants or an unexpected visit from “Aunt Flo” – is as embarrassing as having leaky breasts, in a white bra and shirt.
- Breast milk Storage Bags. These are so important if you’re planning on pumping and storing a stockpile of milk for your baby to have while you’re out – at work or running errands.
- Nursing bras and tanks. These both, make it easier to nurse or pump, on demand.
- And, finally, lanolin. I honestly don’t know where I’d be, without it. Aside from the rawness, eventually babies grow teeth. And, when they bite, it hurts like a… well, you get what I mean.
Here’s to happy and healthy breastfeeding relationships, all around!
Breastfeeding mamas, do you have anything to add to the list? Comment letting me know.
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