I Breastfed 60 Months
I’m a 56 year old mother of 4 (and grandmother of 1) who breastfed all four of my children for a combined total of 60 months.
I couldn’t have done it without the support of my husband, sister, friends, mother, and family physician.
I enjoyed every aspect of pregnancy, delivery, infancy and childhood and breastfeeding stands out as the best part of all of it. It was a time of shared comfort and bonding. I was fortunate that I had no problems producing enough milk and even donated to a local milk bank.
This was a time when breastfeeding was just regaining support in the medical community and in some circles, public support. My sister’s successful breastfeeding of her son and her support, as well as the companionship and support of breastfeeding friends, was essential. My husband was also always supportive and would speak of the health benefits for our children. A supportive community surrounding a breastfeeding mom is still essential.
I also had the support of my family physician. He treated my bad bout of mastitis early in my first breastfeeding experience with antibiotics and encouragement, and also encouraged me to continue breastfeeding my second child while pregnant with my third. I think its still true today that you have to have the support of your caregiver.
As for now, as a menopausal grandmother, I try to do whatever I can to support women breastfeeding: I’ll always offer to play with your other kids, while you nurse!
-Mary Cook Jorgenson
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Photo credits: Mary Cook Jorgenson
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