Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed babies, but it's not always the "normal" way. I remember feeling more fulfilled giving my son a bottle than I ever did nursing him. It was what I knew, what I'd seen on tv and in movies.
I have no memory of seeing anyone nurse a baby until I had Little J and my friends had their kids. It just wasn't something I was around. I think that speaks to me being young in the 80s when formula was all the rage and just not being around babies very often.
My kids see breastfeeding all the time. They even mimic it. This is Little K nursing her baby. Little J has nursed his bear a few times too. I hope they remember and see breastfeeding as normal and natural.
|Nursing her baby.|
In my post last year I went through my experience breastfeeding, the good and the bad. The only thing to add a year later is that I am still breastfeeding Little K. We're in the extended breastfeeding range and I know that makes some people uncomfortable. I am sorry if you are one of those people, but it is what it is.
Little K nurses 2 or 3 times a day and yes, she eats solid food (I've gotten asked that question more than once.) I still don't know when she'll wean but I am starting to talk to her about it more and more. I hope it's an easy transition, but I'm prepared for an ugly break, like when we night weaned her. That was a hellish couple of weeks.
Breastfeeding isn't always easy or fun or even right for you and your baby. World Breastfeeding Week is about celebrating breastfeeding and about promoting peer support. If you want to breastfeed your baby, I hope you know that there is support out there for you. There are nurses in the hospital, lactation consultants, nurses at drop-in well-baby clinics, doulas, the La Leche League, and lots of resources online.
Happy World Breastfeeding Week to all the nursing mamas out there.