Is It Worth It To Breastfeed?
Do you struggle with the question of if you want to breastfeed or not?
Are you tired as a nursing mother and wondering how long you can do it?
I completely understand how you feel and want to shed some truth on
what it feels like to be a breastfeeding mama.
I nursed my seven month old daughter at 6:30 pm then again at 8:30 pm and tried to put her back to sleep. I sat in the dark with her, free of stimulation, hoping she would grow tired again. After half an hour, she would only go back down after I nursed her again. I set her in the crib creeping away to clean the kitchen and finish up laundry. Finally I settled down next to my husband on the couch treasuring the moment of quiet. The minute I felt my body relax, I heard her wails coming from the bedroom. A mother’s job is never done.
I headed back to the rocker to nurse her yet again. I am glad I made the decision to breastfeed, but at times it feels like the world is on my shoulders, especially during growth spurts. Then I looked down at her tiny hands opening and closing on my chest, my frustration faded away. My baby is hungry. She is growing. She is learning and developing. I am nourishing her brain and body to develop optimally and it is truly special time that I get to share with my little love. I FOUND THE MORE I TRIED TO RESIST AND CONTROL THE SITUATION, THE MORE FRUSTRATED I GOT. When I just relaxed and rested my own eyes as I nursed, it was a much better experience for both of us.
She then nestled back in her crib peacefully. I am not a mind reader to know if my baby girl is growing or teething or hungry. All I know is that breast milk helps ALL of a baby’s needs! Women have breasts that create milk to provide for our infants. Why fight our most natural asset- BREASTMILK! It’s free, it’s comforting, boost brain development and it provides optimal nutrition. What’s better than that winning combination?
Without my lactation consultant, my breastfeeding advocating pediatrician and breastfeeding support groups, I would not have had the opportunity to experience the beauty and benefits of breastfeeding. It was really hard for me in the beginning. I most definitely would have given up due to extremely painful clogged ducts and fledging supply at the start. BUT thanks to their expert insight and encouragement, I persevered and am I glad I did!
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