Every Breastfeeding journey is different, takes a different path, and a different amount of time. When it comes to an end it is always bittersweet. Here is the story of Megan’s Journey.
I decided I wanted to breastfeed for many different reasons, anything else wasn’t an option for me.
I unfortunately couldn’t physically breastfeed Tanner, so I did the next best thing and pumped exclusively for 4 months.
With Ariea I told myself that if I couldn’t that I wouldn’t stress about it like I did Tanner and that it was OK to take another route. Luckily she latched on like a champ just shortly after birth (by csection and I had heard it’s a bit more difficult to breastfeed after a section, whether it’s true or not I don’t know)
The ‘like a champ’ latch didn’t last very long and we were struggling. Part of me wanted to give up and just pump or formula feed but I told myself I would give it 10 days and if I was still having a hard time that I would deal with it then.
Well day 10 came and everything was back on track and fantastic.
Every moment from then on, if we started having trouble, which we did, latching problems, low supply, preferring one side to another, I just told myself “make it to day _ _” I gave myself little mile stones to meet, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, etc.
Now, at 6 months and huge, she’s decided it’s time to wean herself and is refusing the breast and prefers bottles, and I’m okay with that.
We made it so far, a lot further than i believed we could, or I could. I had a love/hate relationship with breastfeeding and wouldn’t change anything for it brought Ariea and I closer together.
I would never have gotten this far with out the support, love, and advice from 5 super amazing women, my beautiful and best friend Rebecca, my amazing and encouraging cousin Afton, of course my own mom, my wonderful mother in law, and a long distance friend and lactation know it all, Kayleigh, but most of all though, 1 super amazing and supportive husband.
Breastfeeding is a natural and beautiful thing, but so is pumping, formula and bottle feeding.
Everyone has their own story, this is ours 💜