Thursday, April 06, 2006

Don't worry!

A number of you have expressed concern about the breastfeeding. No worries, I have not stopped bfing Aidan. Nursing has been extremely important to me, for all the health benefits given to the baby and it's how nature intended. I am nursing him in the mornings and in the evenings. Even just this morning he started to bite me, and I pulled away from him. But I gave him a second chance on the boob about an hour later.

I had extremely hard resolve when I started out breastfeeding when Aidan was first born. It was excruciating for the first five weeks. A month and a week of torture umpteen times per day and night with no help or advice until at the very end. (No lactation consultants in Thailand). I'm very proud of myself for that because I know most women would have given up.

But I feel a little bit differently now. I've done it for over 10 months and when he bites I can't tell you how badly it hurts. I don't know how a mom can resolve to get past something like that. Mornings and evenings are the times where he is less likely to bite me because in the mornings he is too hungry and evenings he's ready for bed and relaxed. At least he is still getting some breast milk.

My mothering instinct is telling me that my method is OK and it's working for my well being and my baby is doing just fine. We will continue with part time breast feeding until he's at least a year old.

2 comments:

amygeekgrl said...

I'm glad you have come to a decision that feels good for you and that you will continue to p/t nurse for the next few months. :)
Just a heads-up (not meant to try to scare you or anything but just so you are aware), the children of a couple of my friends who weaned (at 5 1/2 months) or cut back significantly on nursing (at 2 years) got quite a few more illnesses than usual during that time. I know Aidan's been a healthy boy and who's to say if that will happen with him, but just is something to keep in mind that it may happen. You could always look into a homeopathic immune booster to help him out as you make the transition too.

Jyotsna said...

Amy,

I am a supporter of breastfeeding, not a supporter of militant breastfeeding. If this sounds right to you, and you are sure your little guy is ready, then I wish you the very best!

The one thing I would say at this point, is be flexible to Aiden as much as you can.

Jyotsna