As a mother I will start this blog by saying there is not one best way to breastfeed. You as a mother or expectant mother have to determine the best course for you and your baby, whether it be exclusive breastfeeding, breastfeeding and bottle feeding or exclusive pumping. You have to find what works best for your family.
As we all know breast milk is the best nourishment for baby. There are numbers reasons a mother may not be able to breastfeed, from latching issues, cleft pallet, work schedule, etc but just because these issues arise does not mean you cannot breastfeed, I have read some incredible stories of mothers who exclusively pump.
Through my pregnancy and as my delivery date approached I was determined to breastfeed, in my mind, there was no other option. Fortunately, I was able to breastfeed my son for the first year and from firsthand experience, I know how much work it takes to get a routine down. I honestly feel like I should have a bumper sticker that says ‘I breastfeed’ because that is how proud I am that I was able to share that nourishment, bond and experience with my son.
I admit we did not have latch issues or supply issues so I feel like I had it easy compared to a lot of moms. I did not touch a pump until my son was 4 months old and I was heading back to work but some mothers pump from day one because their baby will not latch or because they have determined that breast milk through bottle is the best option for them. To those mothers I tip my hat and say do it your way. There is not one best way to breast feed; and you are not missing out. You have chosen what works best for you just as I did for my son. Looking back there may have been things I would do differently if I were to do it again but I did what I thought was best for my son, now he is a healthy happy smart little man, so I must not have done too bad.
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