Because I follow @DagmarBleasdale, I’m trying breastfeeding ~ tweet from Sophia
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 this many years.
No mom plans to breastfeed that long. But one year 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 three years, but he kept wanting that comfort.
What’s another year after breastfeeding him that long? It was simply part of our life, and he didn’t know any different.
Plus, being able to breastfeed him made things so much easier: I never had to get up in the middle of the night to make a bottle, we were able to go anywhere at a moments notice because my milk was always available to him, and compared to other kids, he was hardly ever sick because of the antibodies in the breast milk.
I don’t regret one minute of breastfeeding him longer than the recommended 2 years — I was able to provide nourishment and comfort to my son whenever he needed it, and being able to nurse him after his tonsillectomy was a godsend because it soothed his pain and let him heal faster because of all the wonderful healing properties in breast milk.
Plus, we both benefited from the many health benefits kids and moms enjoy from extended breastfeeding.
The longer a woman breastfeeds, the less of a chance she has to get many illnesses, like breast cancer. Who wouldn’t want that advantage, right?
You can find all of my breastfeeding-related posts here.
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 and are able to give their children the healthy start that comes from breast milk that is specifically made for just them by their mom.
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, and every family situation is different.
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 to make succeeding with breastfeeding easier if you are interested in breastfeeding your child.
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 was 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
Nestle Boycott: Information on why I boycott Nestle.