This is my journey only and not to offend anyone. It is just my story and how I personally feel about breastfeeding one year later. It is one of the most asked questions that I get. Therefore, I thought I would address it here in the blog.
When I first found out I was pregnant I knew right off the bat breastfeeding was for me. Once I started learning about the benefits/importance it has on a new born, there was no way I was going to skip out on the benefits. You can reap the benefits all the way up to 2 years old plus. For me, I couldn’t possibly imagine not giving my child such great benefits.
I know this statement is controversial, but it is my truth. There is no way I would allow myself another option other than breastfeeding. I never weighed in the idea of buying formula. I would go to the end of the earth & back and pay whatever it costs to learn how to breastfeed.
did you know…?
It is important to note that many things affect your supply, however only about 2% of woman cannot physically produce enough milk. Lack of time on the job, depression, anxiety, stress and things that affect your body in a negative way will reduce your supply as well. As someone thats been breastfeeding one year later, I can tell you that its time consuming, not always convenient and definitely messes with you schedule! However, all of these troubles out weigh the idea of me not breastfeeding, because I make it happen.
Legally every corporation has to allow a woman time to pump and if your company has over 50 people they have to have a room dedicated to breastfeeding. There are companies that will even pay for a milk shipping service. For example, Goldman Sachs pays for the service, Milk Stork, to allow their traveling working moms to ship their milk home. They send a cooler to the mother wherever she is with a prepaid shipping label. You can pump up to 72 ounces of milk and have it shipped overnight.
The benefits of breastfeeding also will really encourage you to want to keep it up. I know at the beginning it is very difficult and when I say it’s uncomfortable… it is. Medela says that any woman who can get past the initial 21 days has a higher success rate to continue feeding full term. If you follow Medela, they have a great support team should you ever feel weary or lack of motivation.
Some of the benefits include, but does not limit:
Less likely to get sick, should the child get a rash or breakout on their skin, breastmilk helps heal the irritation, it’s essentially the purest form of feeding, helps the mother lose weight, helps fight against allergies and eczema, cost savings, helps with stomach viruses, lessens the risk of SIDS and lastly, strengthens mother child bond. Did you know that in Europe a lot of parents continue feeding till the child is 5 years old? While it does take a toll on your physical body, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Mommy makeovers are always an option HAHA.
I never put a time limit on how long I thought I would breastfeed, but I find it fascinating that a year later I’m still able to be able to produce milk. We are planning on having another child in the future. Therefore, I intend to continue feeding though my next pregnancy in order to not go through those initial 21 days again.
the magic cream for breastfeeding
No matter what anyone tells you, over the counter nipple creams aren’t sufficient enough. The magic is in the prescription your doctor can give you. My doctor wrote the prescription a couple of days before my due date and I stuck it right in my diaper bag. To see whats in my diaper bag click here. This cream is definitely something you want to put on your must have list while being pregnant. It was a game changer for me and to be honest, possibly could have been how I got through the initial stage.
In closing, you have to do what is right for you and your family. Communicate with your significant other and be very clear on what your goals are so that he can also support you in what you need.
I hope this post gives you a little bit of knowledge in breastfeeding. Please know that I support you and you can do this! Breastfeeding one year later is doable and is liquid gold! For more info… just google it.
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