I Loved Breastfeeding. There, I Said It.
Now, I told you this saga for a reason- I think it’s easy to roll your eyes at a mother who says she LOVES breastfeeding when you also hear that it was a walk in the park for her. That was definitely not the case for me- we hit pretty big obstacles with the elimination diet and his difficult sleep habits. Despite all of that, I can still say that I absolutely loved nursing my son. It was the only thing in my arsenal that I knew would always work for him- that would always soothe him. It was also nice to have that forced time with him- I could not hand him over to anyone else for a bottle which sounds a bit torturous looking back but at the time, I was glad to have the excuse to focus on him several times a day. I had his toddler sister to care for as well and as any parent of two under two knows, it is a tough balance. I am so glad I had that wealth of time with him, just us.
The last time I nursed him, I sang him Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and he grasped my pinkie finger with his pudgy toddler hand as he happily nursed. I didn’t know at the time that this was it (he self-weaned), but I am so glad it went the way it did. He drifted off to sleep and I was at peace. The time I spent nursing him is something I will always look back on fondly. I am grateful I was able to do it after all I had been through.
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