“Breastfeeding didn’t start out anything like I had ever imagined it would. I had idealistic visions. My beautiful little newborn would be brought to the breast and would nurse perfectly. Why wouldn’t the baby do so? Sure, there might be a bump here or there, but I would lightly laugh them away and we would continue forward. Breastfeeding would be easy. Breastfeeding wouldn’t hurt. It was the natural thing to do and the way God designed the body, so of course it would be simple. It would be natural. It would be second nature. It would be a beautiful thing that bonded my baby to me.
Ummm…reality is different than our dreams. Despite the books all assuring me that breastfeeding would be simple, it was anything but. The boy had NO IDEA what he was doing. As a first time mom, neither did I. He was not a natural and I was not experienced. ”
Valerie’s post touches on almost every single difficulty you can face as a breastfeeding mother, and how she pushed through them all. It was not easy, but she persisted.
What I love the most about this post, is that Val is very clear that she persisted because SHE wanted to; that it was the choice she made, but every mom gets to make their own choice. If you choose to stop breastfeeding because of difficulties you’re having, there is nothing wrong with that!
If you are struggling with breastfeeding and need some encouragement and tips for conquering it, then this post is a must-read for you.
You can read the full post here: Chronicles of a Babywise Mom: How I Breastfed for 12 Months Even When Everything Went Wrong
All of the brilliant mamas of the BFBN are writing on the topic of breastfeeding this week. Check the blog daily for all of the posts!
- Monday: Valerie at Chronicles of a Babywise Mom
- Tuesday: Christine at Christine Keys and Kimberly from Team Cartwright
- Wednesday: Katrina from Mama’s Organized Chaos and Natasha from Let’s Be Brave
- Thursday: Caitlin from Twin Mom and More and Carrie from Wiley Adventures
- Friday: Emily from Journey of Parenthood