Pregnant and planning to breastfeed? READ THIS FIRST!
How did we get here? Let’s learn about the history of breastfeeding and why formula was created. I just finished reading Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy by Jennifer Grayson. I am a breastfeeding advocate and took the extra step […]
I’m done breastfeeding my babies, so this is what I think about breastfeeding now.
In response to my post on “Breastfeeding or formula-feeding, why do we care?!” Guest writer, Emily Gelman, has a very different experience breastfeeding – she does not like it. She is begrudgingly breastfeeding, so I asked Emily to share her thoughts.
I often hear, “Well you are lucky, you have easy kids.” I think there’s more to it than luck, it’s where I set my expectations and I look for the positive in every situation. I also try to tune in to what my kids needs are and what they are trying to communicate. Every baby has their own way of telling you what they want and what works for them.
I have three young children, a toddler and twin baby girls who all sleep 10-12 hours straight through the night. They each also take a 2-3 hour nap during the day. I am living proof your child CAN sleep, even when her twin sister is screaming in the crib next to her, less than two feet away.
Sleep deprivation is a cruel form of torture new parents experience. Get your sanity back by giving your baby the gift of sleeping through the night. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Being successful at anything, especially breastfeeding, is all about attitude, support, and setting realistic expectations.
Committing to exclusive breastfeeding meant I signed up to having my baby (or babies) with me or within approximately 20 feet of me every hour of the day at first.
It takes about 3-5 weeks to establish your milk supply and the best way to do this is nurse your baby every time they are hungry or even just a little hungry or fussy, even if they just nursed 10 minutes ago. You are literally within his/her physical presence ALL THE TIME. Being the main source of food for another person is a lot of work, but breastfeeding is what I wanted to do and I would not have it any other way.
Something no one told me, which I quickly figured out, was just how much of a commitment breastfeeding is. My lactation consultant often asks what is it about moms who stick with it and moms who do not. I cannot put my finger on it, but I know I would give my life for my children, so why wouldn’t I give them the very best food out there – my milk?
Human milk for human babies? What a concept!
This may come as a surprise, but I was not really interested in breastfeeding before I had my oldest daughter. I did not want to have a baby hanging off of me. I was not breastfed as a baby, I did not have breastfeeding role models growing up, it just seemed foreign, unnecessary, and plain weird. It was my husband who encouraged me to just give it a shot. He knows better than to tell me what to do, so his gentle suggestion was just the right nudge I needed.