Sorry, couldn't resist the bad pun. My daughter and I are closing in one year of nursing. It has been a wonderful journey and I'm so thankful and blessed to have been able to take this path. To be sure, we're not done nursing but it's amazing to think about how far we've come.
I was so nervous about even being able to breastfeed. Like childbirth, there's no way to tell if you can do it until you're doing it. You can't practice and there are no signs or clues to give you a hint. My eyes were saucers and my jaw was on the floor the first time I squeezed the girls and colostrum came out. That may be TMI, but we're all friends here, right? Yet, I was still unsure if I actually had the goods. After the baby was born, I dutifully put her to my breast, ignored the pain of a bad latch and hoped for the best. I was overjoyed when my milk came in and after a home visit with a lactation consultant to correct her latch, I was ready to dance in the street! Not literally of course – who has that kind of energy right after you have a baby?!
From that moment, my daughter and I have had a beautiful breastfeeding relationship. I look at her chunky thighs and my chest swells with pride because I did that. She was nine months old before she caught her first cold and when the pediatrician praised me for breastfeeding her, I felt like Mother of the Year.
I am so thankful to have had the support and resources that helped me to be a success. Without a doubt, being a Bravado blogger has kept me going when I was frustrated, tired, or dealing with a plugged duct for the tenth time. The little voice in my head reminded me that I was blogging about breastfeeding so I should probably continue to do it. I'm so thankful that I stuck with it because it has provided such an invaluable bond with my daughter and I cherish every single nursing session.
An unexpected bonus is our journey is that I've become a resource to other moms. I was honored and touched when I received and email from a casual acquaintance, asking me for breastfeeding advice. I happily shared everything I knew with her, emailing her links to articles and giving her all the support and encouragement I received when I was first starting out. It felt so good to pay it forward and I felt connected to her in that earnest, fumbling way that only new moms can.
It has been a wonderful journey and I'm so thankful that I've had the privilege to be a breastfeeding mom. Please join me at my personal blog, www.desireesdaydreams.com, as I continue on my path as a mother. Celebrate the milestones with me as we laugh, cry, sing and dance our way through this thing called parenthood!