Real Moms Share Their Real Stories of Breastfeeding…

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We all have different experiences as mothers.  None are right and none are wrong, they just…are.  These are real stories from real women to show how breastfeeding can be such a different experience from one boob mom to another….and how so many can be the same ( you may find one that sounds like yours!).  These are their stories

From Stephanie @ Time Slides By…

“When baby boy #2 came along, I was determined to make it longer.  At that point I didn’t know how determined I would be.  This time I rented a hospital grade pump.  I increased my pumping frequency.   I nursed like crazy when I was at home.  I set my alarm for that late night feeding just to keep my supply up.   For the first 5 months, it was going wonderfully.

Then it got bad – I was hit with a clogged duct.  I nursed like crazy, pumped, massage, etc.   I tried all of the tips from le leche league and the breastfeeding forums.

A couple days in with no success, I went to the doctor.   For the next 2 weeks, I was in pain with mastitis.  I did a round or two of strong antibiotics and had 3 shots of antibiotics.  It still didn’t kick the mastitis.  I would cringe and cry when I had to nurse/pump.  But I was determined and loved the closeness with my son.

Then it got ugly – I ended up with an abscess.   But before I got into see the surgeon, it burst. I spent an hour at home searching the internet on how to breastfeed with a wound right there – nothing.   At that point if I heard one more person say “pump like crazy” or “use hot compress”, I would scream.    I ended up in the hospital for a round of IV antibiotics before going into surgery the next morning.   Luckily I brought my pump because it took forever to get them to bring one up to a non maternity floor.  I really wanted to be on the maternity floor so I could bring my son into nurse which hurt less than pumping.

So I ended up in for surgery to drain and clean the abscess.   I had to pump & dump for 24 hours after surgery.   But the relief after surgery was instant…

It was an ordeal for 5 weeks.  I can say I’m happy I made it through it.  I breastfed until my son was 9 months and had a mouthful of teeth. “

From Tara @ Through Hazel Eyes…

“When I was pregnant with my son, 5 years ago now, I knew I wanted to nurse him. Not knowing much about breastfeeding I went into it wanting to nurse for at least 6 months. I talked to a lactation consultant and was confident I would do a great job. He was born and right off the bat was a nursing pro. I was told to wait 3 weeks before introducing a bottle or pacifier, so I did. After the 3 weeks of exclusive breastfeeding he did not want a bottle. At all. I of course came to terms with it, but it sure threw me for a loop. I just didn’t think of the possibility that he may not even want a bottle at all. Eventually he weaned himself at 9 months. Cold turkey, he just would not take the breast any longer.

Fast forward to 1 year ago. I was pregnant with Olivia and again planning to nurse. There isn’t much of a story as it is pretty similar. She came out a nursing pro, and also did not want a bottle. The only difference is that she is now almost 11 months and showing no signs of wanting to stop. She nurses about 3 times/day, and I’m slowly weaning her. My plan is that she will be weaned around 12 months. What I’m planning and what she’s planning may be two different things though, so we shall see!

All in all breastfeeding has been a fantastic experience for me and my children. For our family I know it is what is best. I do understand that it isn’t for everyone. I’m very proud to say that we have been so successful with it.”

From Bridgette @ The Not So Blog Blog

“I have two daughters and my breastfeeding experience was as different with each of them as their personalities!  With my first, I was scared and worried it just would not “work.”  But, it was a piece of cake and she got the hang of it right away.  It was such an incredible experience that I was sad to have to wean her at 7 months, but Hurricane Katrina had left us homeless for 6 months and breastfeeding was no longer manageable.  With my second, I was confident….maybe too confident.  It was infinitely harder the second time around, but she also eventually got the hang of it and I was able to enjoy the special quiet time together for nearly 9 months.”

From Gena @The Morris Bunch

“When I had my first, I was pressured by the grandma who is an RN to give her bottles because I was told she wasn’t being satisfied. I gave up and began giving her formula. I felt like such a failure. When I had my second, I wasn’t confident enough in my own body to nurse successfully even part time. Fast forward to my third, I met some amazing women that helped me become educated about breastfeeding. I realized that I wasn’t starving my first! I could have successfully breastfed her exclusively. I successfully breastfed my 3rd and 4th daughter for 18 months each! I am also currently at 10 months with my last baby. I now know that even healthcare providers aren’t always right! Support is the best tool you can have while breastfeeding!”

From Kate @ The Shopping Mama (read Kate’s full story on her site!)…

“Even with the challenges and the occasional burden that comes with being the source of nourishment for my baby, I love breastfeeding. I nursed my son until he was 13 months old and now that we think we are done having kiddos, I cannot imagine ever choosing to wean my daughter. I think I’ll let her decide when we’re done and I hope it’s not for a while. I can only imagine the sadness (probably followed by a sense of freedom) I will feel after I nurse my child for the last time. Makes me sad just thinking about it!”

From Melanie @ The Ramblings of a Wannabe Writer…

“I always wanted to breastfeed and never felt pressured to do it.  I thought it looked very easy until I had a preemie.  She wasn’t very strong in the beginning so we traded off breastfeeding and pumping for about four weeks.  After that though, she was a champ.  I enjoyed the time I got to be with her, the closeness, not having to fully wake in the middle of the night feeding, and the lack of bottle washing!  Most surprising to me was my husbands reaction. I saw him swell with pride those first few months knowing that I had committed to something so important in our daughter’s life.”

From Amanda @ Confessions of Household Six…

“Even though my experiences weren’t as magical as some women have when they breastfeed their children, I still encourage all new moms to give it a try. You don’t know if it’s for you unless you give it a fair shot. If it’s not for you, there’s no shame in switching to bottles and formula. You have to do what makes for a happy mom and a happy baby. “

From @ The Write Gal…

“I think breastfeeding is overrated in terms of people believing it makes your child healthier. While I recognize breastfeeding has its benefits, your child can be equally as healthy if they are formula fed.  A prime example of this fact is a comparison between my daughter and my nephew.  My sister and I were pregnant at the same time (our children are 11 weeks a part) and she breastfed my nephew until he was 12 months old; I breastfed my daughter until she was 1 month old.  My nephew was in and out of the doctor’s office for ear infections multiple times from age 2 months until he was 12 months old.  My daughter never had her first sick visit until she was 15 months old.  My sister is an OBGYN RN and she teaches breastfeeding education. She agrees with me that the option is not for everyone and while it does have its benefits, it may not reap the positive health effects as the media likes to hype.  The perfect example being our kids who are now age 8.  My nephew has been a whole lot sicker in his lifetime than my daughter ever was. I am not sorry that I did not breastfeed her longer. ”

From Tiff @ Babes & Kids…

“Breastfeeding was hard the first time around for me.  I had a big baby who wanted to eat all of the time and of course I exactly sure what I was doing.  I got a lot of conflicting information from nurses while at the hospital, and felt stressed about it all of the time.  Needless to say, we stopped at 5 months.  The second time around, I tried not to be so stressed.  My second was about the same size and was also a big eater.  I just let him eat when he needed to and tried not to think too much about it.  It was a MUCH better experience and I loved the bonding.  I nursed him a year and had a totally different experience!”

Thanks Ladies!  This has been a fun week talking about breastfeeding!  I feel like I bonded with so many of you!  Thanks so much to all the moms that shared their stories in posts and in the comments and of course to the wonderful sponsors!! Peace love motherhood!

Comments

  1. this was really fun Sarah!

  2. I really appreciated reading these very unique-to-each mama breastfeeding stories. Makes you realize breastfeeding is never cut and dry.
    Thanks for your series!

  3. Great stories!

  4. Thanks, ladies, for sharing your stories. Breastfeeding really is a different experience for every woman (and child!). I’m honored to be included.

    Sarah, thanks for an awesome week of stories and products. It’s been a real joy to read.

    Kate

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