Breastfeeding is something that I am very passionate about. Even before we started our family I always knew it was what I wanted to do. There was never a question in my mind. My mom, mother in law and sister all did it and were a great support system. The hospital that I have had both of my girls in is very pro-breastfeeding. There is a fabulous LC, Mrs Susan, that will spend as much time as it takes with you before you discharge to see that you have questions answered and are feeling comfortable with it. What a gem she is.
I was fortunate to breastfeed Emerald for 1 year without a single issue. She was a dream baby. I loved every minute of it. With Alina, I naively thought it would go the same way. We did fine for exactly 12 weeks when she decided she was done. For real…no negotiations. My mind was blown and after much struggling and tears I decided to let go of my ideal “breastfeeding experience” and let her be . After that she was happy as a monkey in a banana tree. I pumped for 5 more months until my supply dwindled due to me being too busy to pump (imagine that). Now she is 100% formula fed and I am more than ok with it! She’s happy, healthy and growing.
I hope that with my next baby I will be able to breastfeed for at least 1 year again but if not, I know we will be just fine!
All that being said, I still have spent quite some time nursing my babes and I wanted to tell you some of my favorite nursing products. Things that make it easier for you or that are just nice to have on hand.
These are my Essentials for breastfeeding