Saturday, September 7, 2013

My Breastfeeding Experience: Part 1

I am not going to harp here about how there is 
no other alternative to feeding your baby...
 how you will be a horrible mom if you chose not to 
breastfeed or just flat out can't...
That is nonsense and don't let any one tell you otherwise!
No judgement passed here.

Breastfeeding is a very personal decision and 
should influence you to make such a 
private and personal decision.

 Throughout my entire experience, 
I have had people who have straight up made me cry over my decision to nurse...
so just keep in mind- 
no matter what decision you will make, people will add their two cents.  
And to preserve your very hormonal and emotional well being...
Smile and DON'T LISTEN:)

Here is my story.

I really struggled with this decision.
My mother breastfed.
Several of my mommy friends breastfed.
And to be honest, I never knew if it was for me or not.

I am VERY shy.  VERY private.  VERY modest.  
Those qualities can kick the option of breastfeeding out the door in a hurry.

I am also VERY independent.  VERY introverted.  VERY determined.  And VERY intouch with what feels "right" for me (when the time comes to have to make a decision.)
These qualities ALSO determined my decision.

You will be surprised how many people will begin asking you this question early on in pregnancy.  I was pretty shocked AND overwhelmed that it was already something I had to begin considering.
My answer?  I don't know.
I gave this answer probably up until the last week or so of my pregnancy.
It then became: "Yes I am going to try."

So here comes little Cam.
And it's time to get real.
It was time to try.

After MANY pages for the lactation consultant and amazing nurses at our hospital,
I'm sure they cringed at our room number flashing! LOL
we had enough practice to take it home and continue to get it just right.
By "we," yes I mean the Mr.  
Cade was so supportive and encouraging through the whole experience.

With my experienced mom as coach,
a few encouraging texts and visits from friends,
A few tearful, painful, and battling nights of never giving up...
Cam began to do it with ease!

No, it's not easy.
It's not for everyone.
It's definitely a sacrifice.
But if it's for you and your baby...
you will be so glad you stuck with it.
It is such an amazing bonding experience that only
you and your little one can share.

I guess you can say I have became some what of a breastfeeding 
advocate for mom's who make the decision to do so.
It truly is a decision I am no longer ashamed or shy of, 
I now feel proud, blessed, and that I have made the best decision for myself and Cam.

It doesn't hurt to have a little nook in your nursery/home...This is our little nursing/storybook Nook

This is just the beginning of a series of posts.
I plan to also share great foods/supplements that have helped me to have an adequate milk supply, what foods to avoid, great products that you may like to look into for nursing mom's and baby, and more personal stories.
I can't stress enough:  Do what is best for you!:)

Anonymous said...

Yeah for you!!!! I am a big advocate too but I do not push it with people. However it is the best thing you can do for your baby and yes it is a HUGE sacrifice. I nursed my first two 12 months and my last 15 months. Most rewarding experience ever!

cassidy adams said...

Thats my plan! At least till he is 12 months old:) Thank you!