Just Precious

All ‘Bout Breastfeeding, part 1

by Just Precious

January 21, 2010

I’ve been breastfeeding for nearly 2 and a half years. Not consistently. And not with the same kid, but 2 and a half years is a long time. Really long.

When Big was born in 2003 I was terrified. I wanted to try breastfeeding, but I’m not so sure I had confidence in breastfeeding. I set a goal: I was going to try this and make it workn for 6 weeks. And, honestly, I didn’t like it at first. No. Really. It was awkward. A bit uncomfortable. And I felt like I had a choice: completely lose my modesty or hide in a closet for the next 6 weeks.

At around 3 weeks, I took Big to the pediatrician for a sick visit: his spit up was extreme. The doctor made me feed him in the office! It was terrible. I couldn’t imagine doing this for any longer, screw the 6 week goal, I thought. It turned out to be reflux, and that, alone, gave me an excuse to want to quit.

At 4 weeks, I recall crying to the Nurse Practitioner. She shared with me that it was okay to quit breastfeeding, it wasn’t for everyone. Then she shared that she made it to 6 weeks. I’m a competitive person, and there was that 6 week goal again.

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