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“I do remember though the first several weeks trying to get a good hang of what would be a good position for me and I guess with having large breasts I was worried if my breasts were going to suffocate my child
John is 2 1/2 years old and they continue to enjoy a breastfeeding relationship. This does not seem unusual for Susan as she knows she was breastfed until she was 3 years old. Susan planned a home birth with her husband Robert, midwife and midwives assistant and doula at the birth. Her son weighed 9 lbs. 4 oz. Breastfeeding for her was something that was not an option and was just something she knew she would do. Susan shares how she navigated the very early days of newborn breastfeeding. She was initially concerned when her baby did not seem to be hungry the first 4 hours. She did realize though that he needed to rest, he pooped and then all of a sudden he was interested in eating and they never looked back. It took her a few weeks until she felt like she found her groove with breastfeeding. It took her a little time to find what positions were most comfortable with John and what felt right for her. While Susan was never approached by a store owner who asked her to not breastfeed in their store, she shares with us her prepared speech if that should ever happen! She also feels that it is very important to find a pediatrician that fully supports breastfeeding.
Lesson learned: If I had known at the very beginning that everybody struggles, even if it is not major challenges, that would have helped. It is okay to feel like you don’t know what you are doing.
Confessions: There were times after age 2 when I felt that I was done with breastfeeding, where they are pinching the other side while they are latched on the other side. There were times when I just wanted to be done, I want my boobs back, I don’t want to do this anymore, but we just keep going. I am glad that we are still breastfeeding though.
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