Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Breastfeeding Goals {#BFBlogHop}

11 October 2012

Breastfeeding Goals {#BFBlogHop}

When I was pregnant, I did not have many breastfeeding goals other than to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months and breastfeed Charis at least a year.  I also wanted to avoid formula.  The reasons I choose these goals is because of the many benefits of breastfeeding, such as:

  • Health benefits: immunity, decrease in asthma and ear infections, decrease in my daughter being sick, etc.
  • Immediate comfort and bond with my daughter
  • Ability to nurse on demand
  • Plus many more.
How did I do with these goals: I was not able to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months.  Why?  Because of work.  Sometimes I had to stay late and finish up charting and did not have enough breastmilk in the freezer. Sometimes the liquid gold was spilled by the person watching her.  Or the breastmilk had to be dumped because I was cancelled from work {this happened 2-3 times} and could not get caught up in pumping before my next scheduled shift.  I'm thankful for the 3 cans of free formula that was sent to us.  Did we plan on using it? No, but we held onto it for moments like these-though my husband originally forgot about the formula the first night he needed it, but thankfully remember 10 minutes after holding Charis and bouncing her up and down.  The only times Charis had formula was when I worked.  I was thankful my supply was able to keep up with all the other demands.

My second goal, I was able to keep.  Charis nursed for 23 months and when it ended I had little to no discomfort.  

What goals did you have?  Were you able to keep them?
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1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad that you were able to keep the bond of breastfeeding for so long! It can be such a blessing after being away from your little. :) ~Jeniffer