Hi loves!!! I hope you had a great weekend!! I had a BLAST this weekend! I had family in town and events that I’ll fill you in on this week. I’m going to go a little off topic today and going to share my story about Breastfeeding…
ROSE (Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere), MomsRising and the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) are working together to publish “Blk BFing: Making HERstory”, a blog carnival focusing on breastfeeding and African American mothers in honor of Black History Month. I am an African American woman breastfeeding currently, so I wanted to share my story and why it is so important to Breast Feed, if you are able!
Breastfeeding is the best thing that you can do for your baby and at the same time it is the biggest sacrifice you will EVER make in your life. When I was pregnant with my son, I knew I wanted to give Breastfeeding a chance. I knew I wanted to do it. I did tons of research and read all about it. One of the things in my birthing plan, was to immediately have skin on skin contact. In doing my research, it was best to do this, it helped the baby but also helped in promoting breastfeeding. When Baby M was born, I was able to immediately have skin on skin contact and he immediately began to nurse. It was like he already knew what to do. I already had this amazing bond with him, but once he began Nursing it was an indescribable bond IMMEDIATELY.
How Your Partner Can Get Involved
Now don’t get me wrong, those first couple months were extremely HARD!! My main concern was, “Oh Boy, I’m going to be up all night feeding the baby while the Hubs snoozes away”… LOL LOL But you know what, the Hubs was so involved. When Baby M would wake up for a feeding, he was there to go get him from his bassinet, change his diaper and hand him to me for feedings. Once I was finished Nursing, the Hubs would burp him and lay him back down to sleep. The cycle would start all over again when baby woke up again. It was awesome!! It was a great way to get the Hubs involved in those night feedings every 2 hours. The Hubs also got involved with helping to massage my breasts to help with milk let down. He was so supportive to me and helped every way that he could. The first month was so hard because of the sore nipples, trying to get him to latch on correctly, and just pure exhaustion! But you know what… Baby M is 7 months old now, still breastfeeding, and I would so go through the beginning months all over again.
I plan to Nurse Baby M up until he is 12 months, and maybe a little bit more if he wants to, but my goal now is for the 1st year. It has been smooth sailing and I love Nursing my son. I know he is getting the best nourishment from me and it helps me to eat healthy!! He has only had 1 cold since birth and it was just a slight cold. It only lasted a few days. Other than that he hasn’t been sick at all. I totally believe that breastfeeding had 100% to do with that.
He has 2 teeth now and I was so concerned Nursing would be an issue , but I can tell you, it doesn’t even matter!!!! It is no different just because he has teeth. Although breastfeeding is a HUGE sacrifice, If you are able to, Please Do It!! It is the best thing you can do for your little one!! 🙂
I have two daughter’s that I breastfed exclusively with no bottles for 1 year each. It wasn’t until they got to the age of being able to take whole milk that I stopped. It was so easy for me and for them. We never had a problem with latching on or soreness. It was natural for us and definitely the best thing for my girls. I’m currently pregnant and will be breast feeding my son as well. The only difference is this time I will occasionally pump because my girls and honey wants to feed him as well.
Lucky you for not having issues with latching. I think we got the proper latch down packed after a few weeks!!!
I’m proud of you. It’s not east. My first child was exclusively breastfeed til she was 18 months. I planned on doing it for a year, but she refused the bottle. We tried EVERYTHING but this girl didn’t take any bottle. I can count the number of time she has been sick on one hand. She met all her milestones. Hubby did the same as your Hubby til she turns 1. He said “you are on ur own now” when she didn’t want to stop. lol. I’m doing the same to my now 17months son. I’m a strong advocate for breast feeding.
That’s awesome Mina!!! Baby M is the same way, refused to take a bottle!! He will when he is in the mood but only if I’m not home and he has no other choice but to drink from a bottle but as soon as I get home he’s pulling and tugging on my shirt to Nurse!! Haha. That’s awesome that your still Nursing your son at 17 months… It is sooo important!! 🙂
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Baby Shopaholic says
I am pro breast feeding! It can be tough at times. I am glad there is more information to help other learn more about breast feeding.
Seen Global Gal says
I’m a new mommy! Baby J is 4 weeks. I’ve always admired your pro breast feeding post. I’m finding that this is one of the biggest commitments ever, but you can’t beat the benefits baby receives! Thanks for sharing your story!
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