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    6 months of boobie time

    This Sunday (if there were 29 days in February) will mark G’s 6mo birthday. As special as this is (and I’ll devote a whole post about it) there’s another event I want to acknowledge: 6 months of me breastfeeding our son!

    This may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but it’s HUUUGE for me. Coming from a family where neither my mother nor her mother were able to breastfeed successfully (and not for lack of trying, believe me), I was fully prepared that their condition would follow me as well. I had hoped to breastfeed, but knew that any day that I could do it was to be savored because the next day might not be. As a result, I’ve been extremely sensitive about baby feeding, G’s weight and his overall development.

    I discovered early on that talking to mothers and mothers-to-be about breastfeeding is like talking to someone about religion. Just like religion there is no “right” or “wrong” choice — just the choice that each family has made given their situation. I try not to judge as I vividly remember a conversation (pre-birth) with a friend who laid in on me about breastfeeding G without listening to my concerns.

    After G was born and I realized that I got lucky, I set my first milestone at 6 months. Getting G to be breastmilk fed for 6 months would make me thrilled. Getting to a year, ecstatic. And here were are: my first milestone.

    I really AM thrilled! And to be quite frank, relieved. It’s given me hope about reaching a full year.

    It hasn’t been easy. Keeping up supply has been hard work, and stressful, but it’s worth it to me because I really want to be “here” and this is something that was important (to me) to do.

    Hurray for boobies!

    I feel, by the way, as if I’m at a graduation ceremony listening to a speech about accomplishments and goals and the future. Except the graduates are my boobs.

    Ok, enough pep-talk. Now… onto a year.

    5 responses to “6 months of boobie time”

    1. alison! says:

      I am so stoked for you guys. You’ve been working really hard to do right by G and I really admire you for your dedication and commitment.

      🙂

    2. Congratulations on six months of boobie time! Huge congrats!
      I agree, it really is like a religion, and at many times, a very trying one. Emotionally and physically. Once again, Happy Congratulations, and best of luck on 1 year!

    3. Kirsten says:

      Congratulations! That is big, not only with your family history but also maintaining breastfeeding while working full-time is not an easy task. Good luck with the next 6 months.

    4. Kittylove says:

      A, I am so proud of you and I hope I am not that friend who made you feel bad about bfing. I know I can be a little bit of a breastfeeding zealot at times. You have done a great job keeping your supply up while going back to work. G is getting the best nutrition thanks to you. You should be very proud of yourself.

    5. Christa says:

      I’m so happy for you!!! We were able to make it there and this morning was Ella’s last feeding as we are trying again due to my illness. UGH! You get so attached that you don’t want to stop! Yay for 6 months!

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