In a few short weeks Micha will be a year old, and I will be celebrating my one year breastfeeding anniversary.
Before Micha was born I planned on nursing him for at least a year.
I thought it would be so easy and natural and 'why don't all mothers do this?'
And yes, almost a year later, I'm still nursing Micha,
but I can't say it was easy and I totally get why other mama's choose to quit.
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This is my recap of a year of breastfeeding my baby.
Wow, this is going so well.
He's latching on like a natural and it doesn't hurt at all.
I knew it would be easy...
*%#$!!!! Does he have teeth or something?
Is it supposed to hurt this much?
This is kind of hard...
He's doing really great, growing like a weed, but I feel like a milk machine.
I have other talents too, you know...
I'm so proud of my body for providing nutrition for my little guy,
but why is he so squirmy and distracted while he nurses, isn't he enjoying it?
It's so hard sometimes, but so beautiful.
I'm not sure how long I can still do this, I'm about to give up...
Wait a minute, am I actually enjoying this?
I am, I am enjoying this! Nursing finally isn't a struggle anymore!
Nursing Micha those three times a day are now my favorite moments with him.
We sit together and I stroke his hair or sing him a song without him getting distracted.
He twirls his hair or plays with my shirt.
And instead of looking forward to weaning him, I'm actually dreading it.
I'm finally enjoying breastfeeding and I don't want it to stop anytime soon!
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Our breastfeeding journey has been one with ups and many downs.
It wasn't as easy or peaceful as I imagined it to be.
But I'm so glad I've made it this far.
I'm so thankful for a supportive husband by my side who cheered me on and cheered me up when I thought I couldn't do it anymore.
If there's one breastfeeding tip I would want to share with a future mama it's this:
Make sure you have support, whether it's your husband or best friend or mother.
Get support, it will be so valuable.
Any other breastfeeding mama's out there? How was/is your experience?