Thursday, June 18, 2009

Support

I just want to take a minute and say "Thank you" for all the support so many of you have given me since Zac was born... between his colic, reflux and now these breastfeeding issues, I have received so many emails, blog comments and phone calls with advice and support. I think it's so cool that people I don't even know read this blog and can help me out... Sometimes it's just nice to know I'm not alone with these issues.

Breastfeeding is something that did not come easily to me at all with Deacon... I exclusively breastfed him for one month and then started formula. He was completely weaned by his 4 month birthday. The entire 4 months of breastfeeding was rough... I was miserable and I never got the hang of it entirely. With Zac it was SO much easier from day one... no issues whatsoever... until about a month ago. Then we get thrush... and it seems like right when that cleared up he decided to go on his nursing strike. He's now at a point where he'll nurse in the middle of the night- but other than that he insists on the bottle. So I'm pumping a LOT.

I can honestly say that I do not LOVE breastfeeding. I love the time I spend with him while I'm nursing him and absolutely love the snuggles he gives when he's eating... but ultimately I'm breastfeeding him for the health benefits. My goal is to keep him exclusively breastfed until his 4 month birthday and then take it day by day... I'd love to do it longer, but we'll see.

Anyways... the point I'm trying to make is that this all would be so much harder if I was doing it alone... and I honestly don't think I would have made it this far without the support of friends and family. So thank you to all of you who have offered your moral support, your advice and your own personal stories...

3 comments:

Tracy said...

Good for you for making it this far with breastfeeing/pumping! You are an amazing momma!

Michelle said...

hugs Amanda. I know that thrush thing sucks. Bad. Nobody knows how bad it hurts until they have been through it. I had it most of last summer and almost quit nursing myself because of it. I'm sorry he is having the nursing strike too- it would make it so much easier on you if he would just nurse. You are doing a great job keeping up the pumping though- I'm so proud of you! You can do it! You are a strong, amazing Mother :)

Lisa said...

Big ((((hugs)))). Every day is another notch in the belt. Good work momma!