Thursday, August 1, 2013

National Breastfeeding Week

August 1st marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week. The World Health Organization says the goal of the week is to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies. 

Breastfeeding has never been easy for us. It took two days after London was born for him to latch on. I didn't realize you were supposed to offer both sides and I had low supply. I also had a lack of support from some family and my doctor. I also had huge, painful cracks on my nipples. The first six weeks were tough. 

I am so happy I stuck to my gut and continued to breastfeed though. I am thankful I received support from several local lactation consultants and friends! I did decide to supplement with formula a few different times after London's weight gain slowed. For a few months, he received a two oz bottle after every feed. Now, because he is eating solids, he only gets one, four oz, bottle at night after I nurse him. He is healthy, again, and gaining weight at a normal rate!

I do not think there is anything wrong with formula but because of my stomach issues, I wanted to try and breastfeed for as long as possible. Today, I reached 10 months. I plan to slowly start introducing homo milk and cutting out one feed every few weeks. I will likely stop nursing at 12 months (or just do morning/night feeds at that time!)

Will I do it with our next child? I hope so! I love that nursing is "our time" and it still melts my heart to look down at him and see him looking back up at me with those big, beautiful blue eyes.

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