World Breastfeeding Week is this week. And what better way to celebrate it than to post about my personal journey! I breastfed all three of my children since the birth of my first son in 2012. You see, I had a cesarean with him, which in turn affected my milk production. I was still recovering from a long labor that ended in major surgery, I was confused, a new mom, and I had no idea how to do any of it. The staff was not as supportive of breastmilk so they encouraged formula, which I took and gave my son when I started to doubt whether I was capable of breastfeeding or not. When he was 5 days old, my milk came in. I was extremely engorged but thankful that I finally had proof that I could do it. We had an amazing breastfeeding relationship that ended when he was 17 months old.
My second son was a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) and he came out nursing like a champ. My milk came in much quicker and I had no issues the entire time. He nursed until he self weaned at 13 months old which was early for me!
And this brings me to my third son. He just turned 2 years old on August 2nd and he is still nursing. As much as I'm ready to have him wean, he still begs to comfort nurse. So as some of you may know, we moved from New Jersey to Virginia 2 weeks ago. Before we left, I had to clean our deep freezer in preparation for the move. In it, I had about 40 oz of expired frozen breastmilk that I had pumped. I couldn't donate it, I didn't have time or the supplies to make anything out of it, and I definitely couldn't just dump it. So breastmilk bath it was! It would commemorate the start to the end of our breastfeeding journey with my third baby boy. As you can see from the images, he absolutely loved pouring it in himself, playing, drinking it, singing baby shark, and after, his skin was so smooth!
However hard or easy, long or short your journey is...love it, enjoy it, and capture it! Because these are the moments you tend to forget long after the journey ends. I know I look back often and wish I could be in that moment with my babies again.