As a first time mom, breastfeeding is my main goal. I want to feed my baby the most natural way possible and that is to breastfeed my baby. My family did not breastfeed, because they did not make enough milk or so they thought. This was my ultimate fear as a new mom, was to not have milk to give my child. I searched high and low for free classes and nursing groups I can attend and learn the basics of breastfeeding. Luckily, I live in a city that highly supports breastfeeding.
Upon giving birth, my milk did not come in naturally. My nurse had me use a pump within the next four hours until the end of my hospital stay (the first hours upon giving birth is the most crucial time to establish milk supply.) The hospital set me up to meet with a lactation consultant, because leaving the hospital I was not making enough supply for my son. Exactly one week upon giving birth, we met with my LC and learned that my son lost eleven ounces.
Six months of my breastfeeding journey consist of breastfeeding fifteen minutes per breast and pumping for another fifteen minutes after. I was a walking zombie. I was determined to breastfeed my son, that did not hinder me. Finally, six month mark came and my son can eat solids. Slowly I stopped pumping milk and had him nurse directly.
Now my son is one year and half years old, still nursing and adapted a new habit of twiddling (playing with my nips.) I find it uncomfortable and overall annoying. My goal was to breastfeed him until he turns two years old and I’m now realizing that the longer I have him nurse, the harder it is for me to wean him. I want him to wean on his own, but at this point I’m going to have to initiate weaning. This is why I prefer to breastfeed twelve months max. It’s a personal choice I made from my experience with my son. I know that every child is different, but I’m not going to take my chances. Twelve months is my magic number for my next children.
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