My name is Kathleen, I’m 28 years old, a mother of three. Well technically, four.
On a stormy August evening, I was rushed to the hospital where less than an hour later I delivered a 26 week, 1 lb 15 oz baby girl. She and my husband were hastily sent off in a jet from our rural hospital to a hospital with a NICU three hours away.
Growing up with a mom who taught lamaze as a “side job” (she is a nurse) and also breastfed her children, I always knew breastfeeding was something I wanted to do. Surprisingly, I became a nurse as well, and knew I wanted to continue down this path.
Top Ten Things I Learned About Breastfeeding
I breastfed all three of my daughters over 20 years ago. There was no question in my mind that was the way I was going to not only nourish my child but also bond with her. I had no problems with the first two. When my third daughter was born my challenges began.
The night after your 7 month birthday, you and I were alone in the home. That evening, I would breastfeed you for the last time.
I can distinctly remember the moment I found out I was pregnant. I can also vividly remember the five minutes that followed, as if it were just yesterday. My pregnancy with my son was an unexpected, as well as wonderful surprise. Being a type-a individual, I tend to think everything through and plan out every last detail. I would describe myself as someone who leads a fairly “crunchy” or all natural lifestyle. I am a Holistic Health Coach who tries to be very conscious of eating clean and reducing my exposure to toxins and chemicals. On a regular basis, I coach other people on how to eat and live in a way that lets your body function at its happiest and healthiest state possible. So naturally, I should have been thrilled at the thought of providing my unborn child with breast milk. As it is the “perfect” and “all natural” food designed specifically for their little body.
Breastfeeding: to be or not to be? Well for me, it was definitely “to be”! After the initial, “Oh my God, I’m pregnant, now what do I do?” phase wore off, breastfeeding was never a real choice for me. It was going to be as natural as changing my daughter’s diapers.
It’s officially that time! Welcome to our newest Daily Mom Initiative, the Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign! For the entire month of August, we will be sharing our best and latest articles on breastfeeding related topics. Here is some of what you can look forward to this month:
In honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August, we at Daily Mom are tasking ourselves to do our part by launching our very own Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign.
August is National Breastfeeding Awareness month. If you’ve been reading Daily Mom for any length of time you know that we encourage new moms to at least try to breastfeed their new baby and to stick to it for a few weeks to see if breastfeeding will work for them. We feel that breastfeeding offers mother and child a time of physical and emotional bonding that can last into their toddlerhood.
Today we would like to let our valued readers take a peek into our personal breastfeeding journeys and find inspiration or encouragement from the paths that we have walked as moms ourselves.