I found out I was pregnant with my daughter when I was 18. Right away I knew breastfeeding was something I wanted to do. I attempted breastfeeding her older brother, but it did not work out as planned. My entire pregnancy I researched breastfeeding, I joined support groups, and I even took the local breastfeeding class at WIC. I was determined to breastfeed.
When my daughter got here it went amazing the first night! Then the initial pain hit and I wanted to give up. Luckily my husband, best friend, and an amazing lactation consultant kept encouraging me to keep going. My husband watched all the videos the hospital provided and learned how to help latch the baby on. He latched her on when I was getting too frustrated to get her latched. He was so incredibly supportive! He learned ways that he could bond with her, without interrupting our breastfeeding. I was amazed at how active and how important his role was to our success in our breastfeeding relationship.
My best friend kept encouraging me and reminding me how badly I wanted breastfeeding to work out this go-round. My LC taught me how to get the best latch and the best positioning comfort wise. They were both a huge support, especially in the beginning!
When my daughter was 11 months old I found out she had an Upper Lip Tie (ULT), we chose not to get this corrected since it didn’t hinder our breastfeeding relationship. It did explain why we had a rough start pain wise and why the first few minutes of each nursing session were painful. Her ULT corrected itself around 14 months.
My daughter is now 23 months old and still breastfeeding with no end in sight! I plan to allow her to self-wean and my husband backs my decision 100%.
I have also donated 100s of oz to friends and family for their babies and I nursed my sisters son when he was a new born.
I am so glad that I stuck with breastfeeding. I am so glad that my daughter is still nursing. It has allowed me to stop and focus on just her a few times a day which was so important to me since I was otherwise busy chasing around my toddler son. It has allowed my daughter and I to have an amazing bond and it gave me a chance to expand my knowledge on something that would forever change my life.
My goal now is to become an IBCLC to help other mothers experience this amazing bond!
By Jess M