This past weekend I hosted a breastfeeding event in my home for local nursing mamas! I invited those that were nursing directly from their breasts, exclusively pumping, using an SNS, using donor milk and so on to come on out and participate! It was so much fun and I loved the community that we were all surrounded by that morning. We ate yummy snacks, had lots of mommy conversations, snuggled all the babies and took beautiful photos. Breastfeeding looks all types of ways and you should be proud of it, no matter how you’re nursing. I’m here to support and cheer you on no matter how or how long you’ve breastfed for. You nursed for one night in the hospital? YOU GO FRIEND! You made it to a week, 6 weeks 12 weeks? WAY TO GO FRIEND! You nursed and supplemented with formula? YES FRIEND! Did you make it to your 6 month, 9 month 12 month goal? AWESOME JOB FRIEND! Did you go on to nurse for 1, 2 3, 4 years? GET IT FRIEND! It doesn’t matter how long you nursed for it, it doesn’t matter if you made it to your “goal” or didn’t, it doesn’t matter if you supplemented or pumped or whatever else. What matters is you gave it your all and that’s what I’m proud of you for.
A little about my own breastfeeding journeys
I’ve had four babies. My first son I planned to nurse him. I gave it a shot while in the hospital on the first day he was born. It was hard. I needed some help and a nurse walked over, stuck a pump to my breasts and suctioned without warning me because I had “inverted” nipples. When I cried out in pain she laughed and told me “it only gets worse”. I told her never mind, I wanted to formula feed. Again she laughed and said “figures”. No support. I formula fed and he was healthy and thriving anyways though! With my second son I was more educated on the subject and had so much support behind me. I had a breastfeeding community and I am so thankful for them. We had a great nursing journey with no major issues, other then a round of thrush, and we went on to nurse for 2 1/2 years. With my third son I thought I was an old pro and it would be so easy. I was wrong. We had so many struggles, I cried through ties and latch issues for the first 2 months, my nipples were torn up. I finally pumped some milk with a hand held pump and gave him a bottle for a few days. My nipples healed, I went and got some support again and we fixed his latch issues. I went on to nurse him for 2 1/2 years as well. When I had my daughter I thought again “okay, I know what I’m doing”. Lord, why did I make that mistake again. We had latch issues and I got mastitis twice. One really bad round that landed me in the hospital. I found support and help again and finally we got into the good part of our nursing journey. I went on to nurse her for 2 years. Breastfeeding is not a walk in the park, it’s not the same for each kiddo and it’s okay to reach out for help when needed. If it’s something that you really want to work out find the community and support and help you need! Support makes all the difference when it comes to nursing.