This first week in August is World Breastfeeding Week. In honour of that, I asked my fellow bloggers to share their breastfeeding posts with me. Here’s a collection of breastfeeding stories—stories about the ups and downs of breastfeeding from real moms who’ve been there, done that, and decided to write about it.
Our Breastfeeding Story—Breastfeeding can be hard, but you can get through it. Often times it just means finding the right people to help you along the way. And even if breastfeeding doesn’t work out, just know that you’re still a good Mom.
Nursing Rules for Babies—Sometimes I feel like there’s gotta be some sort of unwritten handbook on nursing that babies pass on to one another telepathically. I think it’s to our advantage to have this in writing, so here’s what I’m guessing those babies are passing on to one another.
How Not to Support Breastfeeding in Public—August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week, and this year’s theme is BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT: CLOSE TO MOTHERS. What better time to write about the time I tried to support a mom breastfeeding in public (and failed miserably)?
Breastfeeding Horror Stories: This Is Not One of Them—Don’t you just love it when people come up to you and tell you how TERRIBLE their pregnancy was? How their labour was 72 hours? And that breastfeeding was a complete and total nightmare? Ya, me too! So much, in fact, that I thought I’d tell you about how, in my case, breastfeeding has been and continues to be really, really awesome.
A Breastfeeding Story for World Breastfeeding Week—I thought breastfeeding would be easy when it was my turn. All of the women I had babysat for—who had also been my mentors in many ways—had breastfed their children and so I simply assumed I would do the same. Yet when the midwife first passed Sunshine to me, and I cuddled her—wet and screaming—against my bare body, nursing wasn’t as easy as I expected.
My Perfectly Selfish Reasons for Being a Breast Milk Donor—By now you’ve probably seen me humble bragging about being a breast milk donor. I will be bringing my second donation down to the bank when we get back from holidays in January. My first donation, collected over my first two months postpartum, was 5005 ml (170 oz).
When a Breastfeeding Mom Isn’t—I’ve been a vocal supporter of breastfeeding for all of my children. Five home births and four exclusively breastfed babies. And then what happened? When Vivian was 3 months old, I got sick with what I thought was the worst stomach bug of my life.
Breastfeeding a Newborn: The Whole Truth from a Third Time Mom—I had forgotten how messy breastfeeding a newborn is. I have receiving blankets all over my house and several in my bed to clean up any messes (whether it be from him spitting or me leaking). If I bought disposable breastpads, we would probably have to eat more beans and rice. And then there is the smell. Not quite sure how to describe it. It’s not a bad smell, per say, but mostly just a wet smell. And a wet feeling. All. The. Time.
Do you have any breastfeeding stories to share?