Like I mentioned a little while ago, I’m geeking out with some serious birthing literature lately and really REALLY enjoying it. My nightstand is typically covered in books anyways, but to have it covered with baby books, baby naming books, birthing books, and now breast feeding books, is something that totally tickles me.
I had an unbelievably difficult time breastfeeding Jackson after he was born. In fact, it was in the midst of hospital stays and visits with geneticists and GI specialists, that I decided to take my blog public. Starving (in a very different way from my son) for information and connecting with people who dealt with pediatric feeding disorders, I turned to the Internet and can honestly say that the blogging community saved my sanity.
So, here I am, blogging through another pregnancy, and wanting desperately to be able to successfully breast feed this next child of mine.
Before I was pregnant with this little one, I thought often about whether or not I would even want to attempt breastfeeding if we were to be blessed with another child. My experience feeding Jackson was so traumatic for the both of us that I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about instantly going to the bottle with a new baby.
After much discussion with my husband, we are both convinced that I should and will give breastfeeding another shot. We know what signs to watch for, and we also know that if my body is unable to do it, it’s ok. Both the baby and I will be fine whether I am able to breast feed or not.
Even still, I want to give it my all. I plan on enrolling myself in a local breastfeeding class that has come highly recommended by trusted friends. And, as you already know, I am reading anything and everything I can get my hands on.
Every mother needs support… whether you are a breastfeeding or bottle feeding mother… or somewhere in between with an NG tube, like I was with Jackson.
Who supported you when it came to feeding your baby? What materials, websites, books, circles of people, helped you stay encouraged? What advice do you have for me?