It has almost been 5 months since my Baby Amber was born. I still remember the day like it was yesterday :’) During my pregnancy my boyfriend would always tell me, yes tell me, not ask me if I was going to breastfeed. Of course he didn’t mean it in a mean way he just wanted to make sure I was thinking about breastfeeding. I never really said I was but I just knew I was going to do so.
At my baby shower there was an activity for the guests to do and they wrote down any advice they could give to the mother-to-be and many of the sheets said, “Breastfeed as much as you can, it will be beneficial for you and your baby.” <–along those lines. I never said I was not going to nurse Amber I think I just knew I was going to do so.
When Amber was born I immediately latched her on to the nipple and enjoyed the 60 minutes I had with her before they took her to the nursery. One I was transfered to the post-partum room I was able to rest for a while and was ready to see my baby again. When they brought Amber to the room I fell in love all over again. She was the most beautiful baby girl I have ever seen!!!
When it was time to feed I gave latched her on but that’s when it all started. It was a difficult process as she was having trouble latching on. I was getting sore nipples and was almost giving up on breastfeeding. I kept trying though. Even when I got home from the hospital I was having trouble but I NEVER gave up! It was very difficult as my nipples felt sore most of the time, I felt uncomfortable, I had engorgement and so on. I even told my mom, “Maybe I should just give her formula?” She never told me “NO” but she just kept telling me it was normal and it would get better and it did!
After 2 weeks I was able to nurse comfortably! It was awesome. Now that I have gone back to school and just began working I have my mom(Amber’s Babysitter) give her formula while I’m gone. I have been pumping and storing my milk so that when I go back to school full-time Amber will still be getting her breastmilk.
My 22nd birthday is around the corner and I said I would stop breastfeeding in August once I go back full-time but I have come to the realization that drinking an alcoholic beverage can wait. My baby is more important so if I am still able to nurse Amber I will 🙂 I will try for as long as I can!
I have been encouraging a lot of mothers and soon-to-be mothers to nure their babies. It’s very beneficial for them and it’s cheaper!!! It’s amazing how being able to produce milk for your offspring is a God given gift!
I want to be an advocate for breastfeeding because it’s something special to me. The day I stop breastfeeding I am going to be very sad 😦 I hope mothers look out for their babies health and breastfeed for as long as they can 🙂
Keep breastfeeding y’all!
-April-Renee 🙂 ❤