It’s world breastfeeding week next week and I wanted to share my experience as a breast feeding mama. This journey has been a beautiful one and I hope to continue to breastfeed till my little one is a about a year.
Being a solely breast feeding mama has its challenges. I love breast feeding my baby. The long list of benefits for her and for me are enough to help me stick to it despite the bumps in the road.
When baby girl was about three months, we came across bloody stool in her diaper. I freaked out, called her doctor who scheduled an appointment the next day. Our pediatrician took high precaution and sent us straight to the ER since he believed it could be intususception (it’s when one intestines get stuck to one another). NOT GOOD. After a sonogram, intususception was ruled out. A follow up with a gastroenterologist, narrowed the culprit of the allergic reaction to cows milk. It’s actually common for babies to have an allergy to milk. So, that meant I had to cut down or rid my diet of dairy completely. Needless to say, I was a mess. I was so scared and full of guilt. I felt as though my milk was causing her to be in pain which she wasn’t whatsoever but I couldn’t help but to feel like it was my fault. I even stopped pumping for a while because I was so discouraged.
Feeling helpless, I reached out to the local La Leche League for answers. They responded quickly and reassured me that everything was going to be ok and to continue breastfeeding and so I did. Karen was there for me and I’m so grateful to her for that. I wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing. With Karen’s help and the encouragement and support of other breastfeeding moms I was able to pull through that rough time and continue on the beautiful journey that is breastfeeding.
I cut the dairy and the soy (just to be safe) out of my diet. It took a lot of planning and work but I did it. I’m still dairy free to this day. A sacrifice worth making for my baby. Although I miss chocolate and ice cream, and cheese… Oh, cheese….
My little one is almost 8 months now and I cannot believe we’re still going strong in the BF department and I hope to continue for a little longer. Breastfeeding has taught me to love and care for my body in ways I never knew. I eat healthy and read package labels. I’ve learned to include more veggies in my diet and cool things like squash spaghetti. It has also taught me to pause and just appreciate the quiet moments even if they are sans chocolate.
If you’re thinking of breastfeeding your baby or are currently breastfeeding and feel discouraged, reach out to your local LLL. They are there to support moms like you! Believe me, they’re wonderful.