Growing up, I never heard about breastfeeding. If you had told me about it I may have thought you had lost your marbles. When I learned about breastfeeding I only knew of two people in my family that had breastfed my sister-in-law and my older cousin. That means so many members of my family had chosen formula.
Not this isn't a post to bash formula because to me fed is best! I want us all to have happy and healthy babies. This is simply my take on why it worked for us.
I attend birthing classes and joined mother's groups when I was pregnant with Raelynn. I wanted to do it everything the best way I personally could. I researched and read and read some more. I decided I wanted to try breast-feeding. My first thoughts were that we would try 6 months.
In the hospital I had a lactation consultant visit my frequently because I was determined to do this. I wanted to bond with my baby as much as I could. The weeks turned into months and by month 3, I was exhausted. I wanted to quit but Josh, encouraged me and reminded me this was something I wanted to do. I didn't give up, I tried to breastfeed and pump, I wanted others to be able to feed our sweet girl. However, she wanted nothing to do with the bottle.
Before we knew it, Raelynn had turned one and people began wondering when she would quit breastfeeding. At this point, I decided I wanted her to make that decision. It was a bond and I wanted her to self-wean. In my head I was thinking she would self-wean any day. She had other ideas. We made it to two years old and the questions were still being asked, my opinion stayed the same, I would be ready when she was.
Soon she turned 3! 3, how did that even happen so fast. People continued to ask and I started hinting to Raelynn that she could stop if she wanted. I began giving her a cup of warm milk at night but she still wanted to breast-feed. At this point we were basically just at before bed feeds. Soon, she began to fall asleep with out it, having only her cup of milk before bed. Then days passed and she no longer needed it.
I am proud to say that we did do extended breastfeeding. In my eyes breasts were not made to be sexualized, they were made for our babies to be fed from. I know people will not agree with our decisions just as I won't agree about some people's parenting but we are all just parents. We are all trying to do what is best for our individual children and that is exactly what we should do.
Do what you need to do to be the best parent that you possibly can. After all God gave us our children for a reason.
Megan, a stay home mom who wants to try new products and let you know what I think of them!