I am almost 2 for 2 here... meaning 2 years nursing each of my 2 boys.
It is a special relationship. Like any relationship, there are sweet, easy times and times when it's a struggle. I always viewed breastfeeding as "normal" and just assumed it was the way I would feed my babies.
The first two weeks were hard... He cried. I cried.
But we persevered. Just like a new mom, I didn't understand the complex emotions and hormones I'd be dealing with in those early weeks. Not to mention the physical changes.
When my first babe turned out to be fussy/colicky/high needs/whatever label that means they are basically unhappy all the time and let you know about it, I felt like nursing him was the one thing, and sometimes the only thing, I could do "right."
By six weeks we both knew what we were doing in this deparment, though he was still a super cranky dude. I hoped to make it to 12 months, but really couldn't envision nursing beyond that. The closer we got to one, I didn't see the reason to stop. At about 10 months in, I started attending La Leche League to get some more support. Turns out there are lots of benefits for extended nursing (beyond a year) too.
* 101 Reasons to Breastfeed
* What are the Booby Traps? "Women are being pressured to breastfeed but set up to fail!"
* KellyMom.com is my most favorite site for late night trouble shooting and reference. The Normal Course of Breastfeeding info is a must read for any mom preparing to breastfeed or a new mom just getting started.
* La Leche League - Use the dropdown box at the top to find LOCAL support. Nothing beats in-person support from a group of moms who have "been there done that" and who want to see you succeed. It's amazing to think this international organization started with just a handful of moms who got together back in the 50's to support eachother and share information. Mother-to-Mother support really does work. :)
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