Happy World Breastfeeding Week People….
World Breastfeeding Week is August 1st to 7th this year and encourages us to celebrate breastfeeding and bring our attention to it.
My 3rd daughter, Little F, is 13 months old and I am still feeding her. Only yesterday I thought about my ‘baby’, who is no longer a little baby but who is growing into a toddler, and whether or not I’m ready to stop feeding her. The answer to myself was no, I’m not ready and neither is she.
I feed my youngest only once a day, at bedtime. It’s our special, quiet, snugly time. She knows it’s time for bed and looks to be fed. She sleeps over 12 hours a night without interruption – I can’t imagine why I would force a change that big on her now when she is happy and so am I, it has very little impact on my life.
Let me be clear though, it wasn’t always easy! Little F had a posterior tongue tie and still has a significant lip tie. I knew when she was born she had a tongue tie as I’d experienced the same thing with Little S – poor latch, clicking tongue sound, nipple damage and a lot of pain. I suffered for weeks feeding Little S until we figured out what was wrong and got it fixed and because of that experience I knew from the beginning with Little F.
They say breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the World. In some ways I think this is unfair as so many women struggle at first and then feel hopeless and guilty because it is hard or just not working. I think it is a learned skill, for both mum and baby but when it all comes together it’s wonderful, it’s handy, it’s easy, it’s convenient and it’s so quick. I have fed my kids everywhere and anywhere and in front of whomever is there. I’ve rarely had comments or looks or I just didn’t notice them?!
As a mum and a woman I have to believe though what is right for one doesn’t always work for all. Although I found it the best decision for us I think whatever is right for each individual person and situation is up to that person.
I’m glad it has worked for us and no doubt will be a little sad when that last feed comes around but with everything with kids – they change and grow and they bring new exciting challenges and experiences to our lives.
So happy World Breastfeeding Week friends – support those that do breastfeed and those that can’t or choose not to. We are all just trying to raise happy healthy kids and do the best by them