Monday, June 22, 2009

~whew!~

We are back to breastfeeding.

I haven't talked much about breastfeeding lately, mostly because I'm so very disappointed with my abilities this time. Let me catch you up ...

Due to the surgeries and sicknesses, I wasn't able to keep up with karl's demand of breastmilk. I still was nursing everyday and night, I had to supplement with formula. Of course I would rather him have 100% breastmilk, but I do what I have to do to keep my son healthy. I pump at work and nurse him whenever I'm around him (and not on any medications). We were making due.

So this stepback in him wanting to nurse when I got back from my trip really freaked me out. No way would I be ready to stop breastfeeding at just 5 months. No. Fucking. Way.

But, as of last night and this morning, I'd say we are back at 100%. I think my milk supply is even in better than it was before I left. I'm eating a lot, drinking a lot and nursing a lot. It was frustrating him at first to suck without much of a reward, so I focused on letting him "sleep nurse" to stimulate my own milk supply, so there would be more milk, faster, the next time he'd nurse while awake.

~Whew~.

I still have at least 7 more months of breastfeeding left. I'd of been heartbroken if it just ended before I knew it.

I have a post brewing about breastfeeding into toddler-hood and beyond. I've spoken about it before, but I've got some new thoughts I'd like to share. Stay tuned!

14 comments:

Lisa said...

Glad to hear that Karl is back on the boob!

Robin said...

I admire your commitment to breastfeeding. I nursed my girl until she was 13 months and decided that biting mommy's boobie was funny.

Glad that it has all worked out..!

Sarah R said...

Woot! That's awesome! Go Nancy..... :)

Jen said...

I'm glad things are back to normal nursing wise at least

Christina said...

Glad to hear that he's back to breastfeeding.

My goal is 12 months too, I just hope I'm able to do it since I'm going back to work.

Beautiful Mess said...

YAY! I'm glad he's back on the boob for ya. I failed miserably at my first attempt at nursing, barley lasted 3 months. Zilla took to the breast like a champ! I would've like to nurse for a full year, but 10 months is A LOT better then 3. I can't wait to hear about your thoughts on toddler nursing. I had a few points of views on it and they changed a bit after I was able to nurse for 10 months.
*HUGS*

Kristin said...

Glad things are working out for you breastfeeding. I breastfed my sons until 19 months, 22 months, and 2 yrs old and would have been heartbroken if it had ended early.

jenn said...

I'm so glad!

areyoukiddingme said...

Yay Karl! Thanks for cooperating with Mom!

I stuck it out for 12 months, although the last 2 were mostly comfort nursing at bedtime...she pretty much self weaned.

the mol said...

Hooray!!! I'm so glad for you because it makes your life easier.

I did a post about breastfeeding into toddlerhood, with my conclusion being taken from someone else who is rather smart--if they are old enough to ask, they need to ask!

Morgan said...

I knew Karl wouldn't be ale to turn that titty down, it was just a matter of time. LOL! :)

I can't wait for the BF into todler-hood post..I have lots of input as well!

Hollie said...

Glad Karl is BFing! I have some thoughts on toddler BFing too. Can't wait to hear yours. Once one becomes a mother, ideas change.

sacredandscarred said...

Glad the BFing is back on track!

Haasiegirl said...

nanyc where are the pictures of karl?

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