My Breastfeeding Story and Breastfeeding Resources
I have become an avid breastfeeding advocate after my experience with breastfeeding has been so wonderful and educational. I would love for other moms to have the same empowering experience.
I never imagined I would breastfeed my son for over 5 years.
No mom plans to breastfeed that long. But one years turned into 2, then 3, then 4, and I kept thinking that L would wean on his own.
He was only nursing for a few minutes for the last 3 years, but he kept wanting that comfort. What’s another year after breastfeeding him that long?
I don’t regret one minute of breastfeeding him past the recommended 2 years — I was able to provide nourishment and comfort to my son, nursed him through the few fevers he’s had in his life, and after his tonsillectomy.
Plus, we both benefited from the many health benefits kids and moms enjoy from extended breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding my son is one of my proudest achievements in life, and I hope to help other moms succeed with breastfeeding so they may feel that same joy.
I’m passionate about breastfeeding and helping moms who are struggling with it — but that doesn’t mean I think moms who use formula are bad mothers.
It’s every mom’s business how she decides to feed her child. Our job as moms is challenging enough — we need to lift each other up instead of criticize each other.
I’m not a lactation specialist, but I know a lot of resources and can point you in the right direction at 3 in the morning if need be.
Video: Learn How to Hand-Express Breast Milk — great for emergencies, when your breasts are engorged, or when you can’t breastfeed but want to keep up your supply because of nipple wounds. (I did this for two weeks once and it kept my supply up and L went right back to nursing once my wounds had healed.)
Video: Breastfeeding Latch Trick (via Peaceful Parenting)
Info from PhDinParenting about Breastfeeding on an Airplane
Breastfeeding & Circumcision by Peaceful Parenting
Kellymom — THE breastfeeding resource site. Which medication and vitamins can you take while breastfeeding? Go here.
La Leche League — I am a member of the La Leche League and can’t say enough good things about this unique mother-to-mother support network, its resources, and its wealth of information.
24 hour toll-free breastfeeding helpline service:1-877-4 LALECHE (1-877-452-5324)
Los Angeles Times article: April 2010: Increase in breast-feeding could save lives and billions of dollars
Breastfeeding at Full Circle, Westchester’s Lactation Resource: classes, lactation specialists, and store, White Plains, 914-421-1538
National Breastfeeding Helpline UK
Nursing Freedom.org — Normalizing breastfeeding. Anytime. Anywhere.
United States Breastfeeding Committee
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