Thursday, April 14, 2011
Living Simply ~ A Post on Breastfeeding
You're right! Breast is Best!
I caved after my baby got really bad jaundice and became really lethargic. I wept all the way to the drugstore, which was conveniently located within walking distance and stood in the formula aisle debating. I wasn't debating should I or shouldn't I. No, I was really labels to the best of my ability and trying to make the second best decision I could make. Which of these formulas would be almost as good as my milk? I chose one, bought a few bottles and wept all the way home.
Needless to say, my baby didn't thrive right away. He had reactions to every formula we tried. I ended up buying the really expensive hypo-allergenic kind. He tolerated this fairly well, but little did I know how many times that he would get some kind of gastrointestinal infection. Could this all have been different? I still regret not having tried harder or longer.
While pregnant with my second, I sought out the care of a midwife who was going to be really supportive when it came to breastfeeding. I think I prepared myself more for the breastfeeding than for the birth or homecoming. I wasn't going to fail AGAIN. That is exactly how I felt, like a failure. The message "Breast is Best" haunted my very being. Wasn't breastfeeding something that God intented us mothers to do? Why would we lactacte if we weren't meant to breastfeed?
Needless to say, I breastfed baby number two for a year. She weaned herself at exactly one year. Breastfeeding began with a struggle. I guess it wasn't meant to come easy to me. I learnt a lot about patience and perserverance. I am not the type of person that gives up easily. Baby number three was breastfed, too. Again, I had a rough start, but knew this can be normal. It can typically take six to eight weeks for mother and baby to become a winning breastfeeding team. I read every book I could get my hands on with regards to breastfeeding.
Baby number four threw me for another loop. He was exclusively breastfed from day one. He was born in the comfort of our own home and was given the best start possible. We was a whopping 9lbs 13oz.
Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood" by Sheila M. Kippley. These two gifts gave me hope. Shortly after Easter of last year we found out that our baby is intollerant of all grains and that was causing his weightloss. This is him now...
Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing
Dr. Jack Newman website
If you have anything you would like to add or share, I am here to listen. God Bless.