I love La Leche League. They are great for providing information and all kids of resources to new and old moms when it comes to breastfeeding. As many of May know, I'm a huge advocate of breastfeeding. I did it for 15 months with my son years ago, and am currently on month 11 with my daughter.
I saw this photo on their facebook page and thought it would make for a good post.
Breastfeeding is not the easiest thing for every mom to do. I completely understand it. I've been there. There were many tears in the beginning with both babies, but I powered through it. I had the same lactation consultant, by coincidence, with both babies (7 years apart), and she helped so much.
I love it so much. I absolutely adore the looks both babies gave me during a feeding. My baby girl currently gives me these faces that melt my heart.
I love the smiles and giggles too. Sometimes in the middle of nursing, my daughter will just start giggling and then I'll start doing the same and it'll become a back and forth thing.
The bonding. Oh, I know I've mentioned it before, but seriously it's amazing.
I love knowing that I am the only one that can soothe my baby with my warmth, smell, and milk. I have soothed her after many little booboos. I have soothed her back to sleep many nights and when she wasn't feeling too well. I nursed her around the clock in the NICU. I helped her thrive. I am currently her panacea.
There has been pain, but it was minimal, in the beginning. She doesn't have any teeth yet, but my son had a tooth around this time, so yes, I have bitten. She likes to pinch and scratch sometimes and smack. It has drained me completely, but it has also helped both me and the baby sleep better.
I nurse her wherever we go. Sometimes I use a cover, but many times she does not want to be covered anymore. No one has ever made a negative comment. In fact, more and more moms that have seen me have praised me or told me that they wished they could do the same.
I don't know how long she will want to nurse, and yes, I am leaving it up to her to decide when she is ready to wean, but I do know that it is a wonderful thing to be able to do and I wouldn't give the experience up for anything in the world.