A mother’s breastfeeding journey

Posted on: August 21, 2011

Breastfeeding is a journey.  It can be difficult, frustrating, and wonderful all at the same time.

When I started out on my journey, my goal was to breastfeed “G” until he was one year old.  We had a rough beginning with latching on problems, but soon realized the nipple shield is a magical item.  Things went pretty smoothly after that, until the dreaded “sixth month slump” took its toll.  My milk supply dipped and at the same time, my little man decided he didn’t want to nurse because he was in pain from teething.  I tried everything I could to boost my milk supply; multiple herbal supplements, oatmeal, lactation cookies, etc.  It didn’t really seem to help much, but I kept trying.  I was determined not to give up.  We pushed through month six and I was able to continue breastfeeding.  Things were great until month eight hit and I noticed my milk supply was dipping yet again.  Nothing I did would increase my supply.  Month nine and still seeing a decrease.  So, I finally made the decision to wean my baby.

This decision broke my heart.  It isn’t because I hadn’t reached my goal of nursing for an entire year.  It’s because I am going to miss that special bonding time with my little monkey.  Breastfeeding creates a strong bond between mother and child.  It’s like nothing I’ve ever felt before.  I love holding his body next to mine, seeing his little fingers rest on my chest, and stroking his hair as he eats.  He will often stop for a second, turn and look at me, give me a big smile, and then go back to eating.  I love that.  I love all of it and I’m going to miss it.  But, I am happy I was able to breastfeed him at all and that I could give him this amazing gift for as long as I did.

So far, the weaning process has been going well.  I’ve dropped one feeding/pumping a week and in just a couple more weeks we’ll be done completely.  “G” is adjusting very well.  Unlike his mommy, who is wishing she could hang on for a bit longer.  But, as they say, all good things must come to an end.

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