Yes - I want to celebrate the 1 year mark of breastfeeding!
I had my struggles at first, but I was determined to battle through them. I made it 5-6 weeks with Declan & I wasn't going to be overwhelmed this time & quit. I knew if I took it 1 week at a time, then 1 month at a time it wouldn't seem so bad. My first goal was to make it past 6 weeks. Next it was 3 months - then 6 months - then 1 year. We are here.....1 year of breastfeeding.
Of course, I did give expressed milk in a bottle to Averley but I still think that is considered breastfeeding since she still only got mommy's milk. Some may disagree but I don't care. :)
I don't write this blog to try to make anyone feel bad. This is strictly about me, my battles, my struggles & overcoming them all. Yes, I am tooting my own horn....because I can & I want to. I am PROUD to be able to say I breastfed my daughter for 1 year. The commitment in itself can be overwhelming, then you add in daily tasks, taking care of other children, trying to take care of the house & have dinner made. I did it! Thank you Jesus for giving me the strength to get through each day to be able to give my daughter the best thing she could ever get.
There were so many times throughout Declan's 1st year that I felt so sad that I gave up. I felt like I somehow disappointed him. My friends were going strong breastfeeding their kids & I gave up. It hurt me.
Not this time!It was a struggle, like everything is when you have a newborn but WE made it. I didn't give up on her & she fought through our struggles with me. It actually took me until she was 6 months to enjoy nursing her - 6 months! She is now a gymnast breastfeeder! She will latch on no matter her position as long as she can get to it she will take it! She likes to rip at my shirt in the most improper places (like the state fair, middle of Walmart, out to dinner) - she doesn't care where we are, when she wants it, SHE WANTS IT!
We are now at the point where people ask me when I'm going to stop. Well - I don't really have a choice in that matter. Its up to Averley to decide when she doesn't need/want to anymore. No - I'm not going to be nursing her until she is 6 you crazy people, but stopping at 1 year??? Its not necessary. The AAP actually recommends breastfeeding as long as it both mutually desired. So get it out of your heads that its "gross" - cuz its not. Many sites say a child will "self-ween" when they are ready - usually around 18 months.
We will see how it goes - one day at a time. I'm not going to lie, it will be nice when I can be gone overnight or even just for a day & not have to worry about nursing my daughter or needing to pump. However, I LOVE seeing her look up at me with those big blue eyes & then smiling with milk dribbling out of the side of her mouth as she giggles!
Here's to us Averley!!! Love you baby girl!!
Happy Happy 1st Birthday!!
Happy Happy 1st Birthday!!