Breastfeeding.

A beautiful word describing such a natural thing, a mother nourishing her child. 

This is my breastfeeding story {so far}.

Within a few minutes of the birth of my first son, Paxton, I was breastfeeding him. I was blessed with a baby who latched on easily and a supportive husband. With the exception of a few insecurities as a first time mama, nursing was easy for me. He was exclusively breastfed for 6 months and continued to nurse until he weaned at 15 months when I was 16 weeks pregnant with his baby brother.

My second son, Weston, arrived less than 3 hours after labor began and was also nursing within minutes of his birth. With his alertness from his natural birth, he latched right on and with my confidence from 15 months of experience, we were off to a great start. (By one month, he was up to 10 pounds 13 ounces from his birth weight of 6 pounds 14 ounces!)

We had a few weeks of frustration while nursing before I figured out he had a dairy intolerance. Once I eliminated milk from my diet, he became a much happier baby. (And thankfully, he outgrew this intolerance by 4 months!)

Nursing my second baby has been a little different from my first. With a toddler to care for while nursing, I am unable to leisurely sit and nurse. I’m also much more confident in regards to nursing in public. I nurse Weston when he’s ready to eat no matter where we are. He’s nursed in restaurants, in church services, while grocery shopping, in the ERGO, in meetings {and more!} I don’t worry about offending anybody while doing something that’s completely natural.

Weston was exclusively breastfed for 5.5 months when he began ‘asking’ for solids. After a few days of solids, I realized his digestive system really was not ready yet and waited until he reached the 6 month mark. Once he began solids after 6 months, there were no issues.

He’s now 7 months and I plan to nurse until he self weans!

I’ve had positive breastfeeding experiences with my two boys but I know breastfeeding does not come natural and is not easy for some women. I’m just sharing my experience in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, not trying to make anyone feel inadequate. 

Related Posts:

Breastfeeding Tips

Recommended Books:

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding

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