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Breastmilk: Every ounce counts!

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 🙂 ❤

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Ear piercings and shots!

This past Monday my baby got her 4 months shots as well as her ear piercings!! You can imagine all the crying, it was terrible I wanted to cry with her. My poor baby was so upset and cried for a good while but then on the way home she was able to fall asleep and stay asleep for a good while. It was such an experience and I’m learning as I go 🙂

It was strange to me that when I asked Amber’s pediatrician about piercing her ears she made a strange facial expression. It looked like she was thinking, “why would you get your babies ears pierced?” All my friends from back home got their daughters ears pierced at around 2 months and Ambers pedia. told me that it would be best to wait until she was four months, so I did. I think it’s a culteral thing because hispanics girls almost always get their ear pierced as babies and I have noticed that other cultures are not in a hurry to do so. Any time I’m paying attention to children around me, I notice that little girls here in Austin rarely have their ears pierced.

Regardless, Amber got her ears pierced and looks so beautiful!

Love,

April-Renee 🙂 ❤