I Breastfed 60 Months

 

I Breastfed for 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

Mary-CookMary and her husband of 34 years live in Missouri with their 2 cats. They have 4 children and 1 grandchild.

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Corinne is a part time hairstylist and a full time wife and mom from Pennsylvania. When she's not at work or chasing after her wild-child, she's busy tackling her latest craft or sewing project. She loves inspiring people to tap into their right-brain creativity. You can check out her girls' clothing at CeceLynn Design.

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    Rachel

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    Way to go Mary!!! :*) 60 months of breastfeeding is incredible. Thank you for sharing your story.

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    Maggie

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    I have a 6 week old baby (my first) and gave up breastfeeding within a few days of leaving the hospital, partially due to lack of support. I wish I had known how important physician support would be! At my daughter’s checkup I let the Dr know I wanted to continue breastfeeding but wasn’t producing enough milk. She shrugged her shoulders and said, “some women just don’t produce milk.” I ended up switching pediatricians (for multiple reasons) and this time was told switching to formula was fine and sent home with a bunch of samples. Next, I contacted my physician and was told if my milk never came in it could be hormone related and to schedule an appointment for the following month. Looking back, I wish I had been more persistent with the doctor and really pushed for a solution instead of giving in. They were all so dismissive though it almost made me feel stupid for bringing it up!

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