This is World Breastfeeding Week and it dawns on me that it’s my first time celebrating the holiday…and perhaps my last (with this baby, anyway). I’m so happy that I have been able to nurse Audrey for nearly 10 months so far, even through full-time work, travel and more.
(Have you seen my breastfeeding and pumping page?)
With apologies to Dr. Seuss: I have nursed in a car. I have nursed in a bar. I have pumped in between meetings and conference calls and lunch breaks and more; I have pumped until my breasts are saggy and sore.
I have nursed here. I have pumped there. I have breastfed just about everywhere.
Breastfeeding was my #1 goal, once the baby was out and healthy. I read and researched and prepared…but as I now know, there’s not much you can do other than just jump in both feet (both boobs?) first. And I did. I am lucky to have a little partner who was just as committed as me (the girl loves to eat) and incredibly blessed to have supportive family, friends and other resources that helped when I struggled or had questions.
And even when it was going well, I had questions.
Is this normal? Should I be doing this? How many times should I do that? What if this happens? Is it weird if… (and on and on and on).
10 months in, I’m feeling as if I could be on the downhill side of nursing. My goal is to nurse her as long as she wants, but I am expecting that I’ll stop pumping after Audrey turns 1 (frankly, daycare rules make it tough to send expressed milk once she’s in the toddler room and I’ll be ready to put the pump away anyway). I love breastfeeding, and I want to keep our nursing sessions in the morning at night for another year, if possible, but when she’s ready to wean…I’ll let her. She’s healthy, happy and thriving. So am I.
I have a lot of passionate feelings about breastfeeding — but they are MY feelings for MY situation. So I sat down and rambled out a love letter to boobs and babies and lifestyles of all kinds. I was inspired by the “I Support You” post from Mama By the Bay and the movement that so many mamas — formula feeders and breastfeeders and everyone in between — are taking part in.