I know, I know. I am very late to this party. Breastfeeding is very important to me, though, so I have to say Happy World Breastfeeding Week to all the moms, dads, and babies. Breastfeeding was very difficult for me in the beginning. Unfortunately, and like so many women, I didn’t have access to very knowledgeable or even helpful lactation consultants. Sprog and I had a rough start, specifically with him getting latched. Thankfully, someone mentioned the nipple shield to me and we have been going strong since.
I’m really grateful that I have been able to breastfeed as long as I have. It’s such an easy comforting tool whenever Sprog is feeling ill. I am most appreciative, though, that he can still receive nutrients and grow despite his issues with regular food. At 2.5 years old, 30 pounds heavy, and 37 inches tall, I think mommy milk has done him pretty darn good.
The theme for this year’s week is basically valuing our well-being from birth. I can’t say that I was personally inspired to do a complete health and diet overhaul when I started breastfeeding, but I did become so much more aware of what I was putting into my body and how it could affect my son. Breastfeeding in the beginning was a lot healthier, for me, than breastfeeding now. But that’s because I was so hungry and thirsty all the time that I started planning high impact snacks and meals and keeping a steady supply of water on hand. Of course, that all came back to bite me during those growth spurt sessions on the couch, baby in lap, Merlin on the television, and water jug right in reach. Let’s just say that moms can get pretty creative in dire situations.
I do hope that my commitment to breastfeeding has only served to normalize it to Sprog. I hope that, when the time comes, he is able to support breastfeeding as the healthy start for his own children.