Adventures in Breastfeeding

National Breastfeeding Month

It is August, the month for National Breastfeeding and we are at the beginning of World Breastfeeding week . This week, we’re sharing breastfeeding stories, encouraging as well as battles and strategies to make breastfeeding more comfortable.

Thank you to all our breastfeeding models for taking part in this series that promotes World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. We are grateful for your support for this series. ***

My son’s birth was a time when I was committed to breastfeeding him for a full year. I was convinced that breast milk was the preferred and was lucky enough that everything went according to plan. Our breastfeeding relationship lasted 14 blissful months. There were certainly issues, but overall I enjoyed breastfeeding! When I became pregnant with our daughter, I believed that I would follow the same pattern one year later or less and then I’d be done! As is the norm for me I continued to research about breastfeeding while pregnant , and began reading about the benefits of extended breastfeeding. It’s interesting… extended breastfeeding? What are the advantages for having a TODDLER nursing? Why do I wish to wear nursing bras and smell like milk for more than 24 months? Well…

Children who were breastfeeding from 1-3 years old have been observed to have less illness as well as illnesses that last for a shorter time and lower mortal rates.
In one research study, the breastmilk was responsible for 32 percent of the child’s energy consumption.
A vast amount of research into the connection to IQ with breastfeeding revealed that the most significant gains are for babies who breastfeed for the longest.
Breastfed infants have a lower risk of developing heart disease, diabetes as well as central nervous system diseases (like the autoimmune disease known as multiple sclerosis).

What was the most significant benefit that you have derived from breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding lowers the chance of developing breast, ovarian and uterine cancer. It helps protect against rheumatoid arthritis as well as reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
So so far Drew me and Drew have both been nursing over the past 19 months. We’ve definitely faced more struggles than I did with my son. Drew would not drink milk for three months (and nearly disliked the bottle for the whole time we utilized it) She is also averse to breastfeed covered, and she has had a poor latch the majority of the times (lots of discomfort for me) However, it has been so satisfying because she loves nursing. I can feel it soothing her, I can sense the bond we share and it is truly special. I’m not sure the date we’ll end our relationship. My aim is to stay for 24 months but beyond that is entirely the baby’s decision. I know I’m very happy that I decided to breastfeed my child!