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from MI (US)
May 01, 2012 21:31 PM
I am currently breastfeeding my 4th baby.
He is now 10 months old and although we had a few struggles and bumps in the road, it is amazing!
He still nurses a lot at night so I don't get a full night of sleep,but I just LOVE the closeness and the incredible bond we have.
I am really hoping that we have a very LONG nursing relationship-seeing him so happy and healthy makes me very glad that I've breastfed him!
May 01, 2012 12:52 PM
When my daughter was born, she was 5 weeks early and her cord was kinked, so she weighed only 3 lbs 13 oz and had to be in the NICU for 3.5 weeks. I was determined to breastfeed, but she was transferred to a different hospital. I started pumping several hours after she was born, and by the time I got to see her 2 days later took colostrum for her to eat. They had already given her formula but it made her throw up. Since then, she has only had breastmilk. I hired a private lactation consultant as the focus in the NICU was just getting her to bottle feed and off the gravage tube so she could go home. Her mouth was literally too small to latch, so I pumped for the first two months. The third month we used a breast shield, and one day it just happened that the shield fell off, she got impatient waiting for me to put it back and latched on! I've had mastitis twice, a scary split-open nipple, and we shared a case of thrush, but we're still nursing at 8 months.
from TX (US)
April 27, 2012 13:28 PM
My mother-in-law kept pressuring me to bottle/formula feed my daughter. She kept discouraging me everytime she saw me breastfeed. She kept saying that "babies don't eat enough from the breast... and my breastmilk is what is making her get so colicy... and it's inappropriate... and I don't make enought milk or that I probably don't make milk anymore." With the support from my family, friends, la leche league leader, lactation consultant and this website I kept breastfeeding. When my mother-in-law saw how well she was doing from her check-ups and the amount of milk I pumped out at work, now she keeps her opinion to herself. I am happy I did not fall into the pressure. Now I am hoping my choice to breastfeed will inspire my husband's sisters to breastfeed too, irregardless of what their mother says.
April 25, 2012 10:14 AM
I have been 14 months breastfeeding my baby, as a first-time mom, it is a great experience to share with others, especially for all new moms all around the world. Breastfeeding is the best way to say to our babies that we really love our babies. My daugther growing so smart and healthy. Now she is 14 months already, and on her age she can walk and talk a few words. For all mommies: SAY YES TO BREASTFEEDING. Enjoy the wonderful experience of breastfeeding.
from IL (US)
April 24, 2012 00:10 AM
Im a working mom and I breastfeed and pump. My little girl is almost 9 months now. It is draining but well worth it!
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