Thursday, August 7, 2014

National Breastfeeding Week- My Journey

This post is all about breastfeeding and my experience. If you're here to read about my latest run and/or update on my training come back tomorrow ;)

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.  

I wanted to share my story of nursing my son, London. I read a lot of these posts when I was pregnant and they inspired me. I hope I can do the same.

Breastfeeding has never been easy for us. It took almost days after London was born for him to latch on. When we got home from hospital, 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 then mastitis. The first six weeks were tough. 

I am so happy I stuck to my gut and continued to breastfeed though. After a few weeks, I started going to see lactation consultants, weekly, for two months to get help and make sure I was doing everything I could. I am so thankful for their support!

I decided to supplement with formula a few different times after London's weight gain slowed. He was at the bottom of the "growth" chart and almost everyone was telling me to switch to formula exclusively. I didn't want to. I was stubborn and knew I could keep nursing, with a little help. I started taking Fenugreek and Motilium, to increase my supply fairly, early on. I also ate oatmeal, every morning, to see if that would help.  For a few months, he received a two oz bottle after every feed. When he started eating solids, we gave him one, four oz, bottle at night after I nursed him. I do not think there is anything wrong with formula but, because of my Crohn's Disease, I wanted to try and breastfeed for as long as possible. 

Before I had London my goal was to breastfeed for six months. Then, when I made it to six months, it became a year. Then, it was until I went back to work (at 14 months.) London nursed, for the last time, when he was 16 months and 7 days old.

Will I do it with our next child? I hope so! I have so many fond memories.

Dear London,

I'm so happy we were able to continue our nursing journey as long as we did. I'll never forget the way you would fall asleep when eating, or moments after, as a newborn. You'd stay cuddled in my arms and put your head on my chest and I wouldn't move until you did. "They" said I was holding you too much and I can tell you now, and forever, I never regretted a single moment. There was no where else I wanted to be. Every single time you nursed you would play with the straps on my shirt. Towards the end, you started saying "switch" when you finished on one side, which your daddy and I found hilarious! You also loved playing with my face and sometimes would let me hold you hand. I love that nursing was "our time" and it truly melted my heart to look down at you and see you looking back up at me with those big, beautiful blue (now green) eyes.

Love Mama

Mamas, who nursed, what was the highlight of your nursing story?


  1. We struggled early on too, you can read my story on my blog. My goal was 6 months, then with every month past that became another month and another month. I'm glad I saw the Doctors at the Breastfeeding Clinic. So helpful. I couldn't have done it without them!!!

    1. I read your story!! Good job pushing through!!!

  2. Hi there! My first time visiting your blog :) Highlight of my nursing experience was tandem feeding my boys. Even though I didnt nurse very long and eventually pumped exclusively, it was an amazing and precious accomplishment to do that.

    1. Thanks for stopping by!!! Tandem feeding? You're a rockstar!!!! :)

  3. I'm still in my breastfeeding journey, but we had a rocky start too. I can definitely appreciate why so many women give up. I remember, prior to giving birth, assuming that breastfeeding was going to be "natural" and "easy". Well, it ain't! No one really tells you how hard it's actually going to be. I just knew that I wanted to breastfeed for as long as I possibly could and not feel forced into giving formula (big reason being because of my IBD). Anyway, I too had to take meds to up supply, pump after every feeding and top up with expressed breast milk to help my son gain weight. It was A LOT of work, but I'm so glad I've stuck with it and now we nurse like a champ! :) Thanks for sharing your story.

    1. Wow, good for you!!! That's a lot of work!! Be proud mama!