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Taylor R from OK (US)
April 17, 2012 13:33 PM
I am a stay at home mom of two. With my first, a girl, if I had not had the support of my mom I would not have breastfed her till she was 18 months old. Its hard. It does get easier. But I thought before kids, babies just knew what to do. You give them a breast and they latch on right away. Not so with most babies. But it is soooooo worth all the time and effort. Most of my friends gave up on breastfeeding right away. And their babies are sick all the time. My kids are never sick hardly and I truly believe it's from breastfeeding them. Much love to all the nursing mommies!!!
Joanna Mikolajczyk (US)
April 14, 2012 19:53 PM
I have been breastfeeding and watching my daughter grow into a healthy little girl. I love knowing my milk is real organic without any artificial chemicals! We are doing just great!
April 10, 2012 11:26 AM
I pumped for my first child for 8 months. My second I breastfed until he was 3.5 years old. I plan to extended-nurse my 5 month old as well. It is a commitment but well worth it!!
Rosa from CA (US)
April 01, 2012 13:08 PM
My breastfeeding was difficult for me at first. My milk was fine after a couple of months than it went down because of the antibiotics I was taking. My milk supply went down never gave up trying. I was just down to 1oz of milk. Yes, I was feeling depressed but I learned to accept that as long as I gave my baby what I could produce that will help him with his growth and health, I am giving him formula, too. Parents that aren't able to produce that much breast milk shouldn't be discourage keep trying you know you will be doing good for your baby. I asked for help in my WIC office I was having pain in my breast. They helped me I am using a breast pumped from the WIC office. They gave a me a nipple silicone shield, I decided to breast pump to make sure he would get the full 1 oz I held him & made my special bonding. Thank you WIC & breastfeeding assistants. God Bless you for continuing helping other mother like me.
Andrea from OK (US)
March 22, 2012 15:44 PM
My 5th baby was born 7 weeks early, and was in NICU for 16 days. I had never pumped before, and was eager to get to actually nurse him instead of pumping. Even after he got home, I was told he was still having issues with nursing, because of his size, and we should just stick to the bottle. After some research I found out he was tongue tied, and actually had to convince my pediatrician to clip his tongue, even though the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests it. After that, within minutes, he was nursing like a champ, gained weight faster, slept better. I have received so many compliments on not giving up on our nursing relationship, and while at the time it seemed like the hardest thing in the world to do, I never regretted it for a second. I have been told many times I have one of the healthiest preemies around, and I am positive it is because of my persistence.
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