Wife, Mummy, Nurse: I Breastfed and... {#BFBlogHop}

17 January 2013

I Breastfed and... {#BFBlogHop}


Before Charis was born, I had NO idea that being a parent was hard, and I even had an "easy" baby.  Charis cried when she was hungry, needed changed, wanted held, and was tired; she was not colicky.  Still, I was not prepared for the sleepless nights, the non stop nursing sessions when she was two weeks old, having mastitis, the piles of dirty laundry, dirty dishes, etc.

I nursed Charis on demand when she was a baby; I never considered putting her on a schedule.  I thought, "She's a baby.  Her stomach is so small.  Of course she's hungry."  I started-co-sleeping and babywearing-not because I believed doing these made me a better mum; I did them in order to survive.

I quickly realized in order to get more sleep at night, I could nurse her from a side lying position.  Frequently, I fell asleep, and she stayed in bed with us.  We didn't plan to co-sleep but we did it because it worked and I was able to feed her when she started stirring, instead of waiting until she was fully crying.

After my in-laws left when Charis was about 3 weeks, the piles of clothes started to increase, the dishes became a mountain, and I needed to get housework done.  I also wanted to hold my baby.  Enter babywearing.  I was given a Moby wrap at a baby shower and started putting Charis in it.  The Moby worked really well for us, until Charis hit 14-16 lbs, then we needed another carrier.  I bought a Boba 2G carrier on Ebay; it was a life saver.  With the Boba, Charis was able to go in front of me and on my back.  She would fall asleep while I was wearing her at church.

I did not enter motherhood believing I would co-sleep or babywear, but that's what worked for Drew, Charis, and me.  I'm also thankful for my husband because we did not argue over these things; he was open to them, and so was I.

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5 comments:

  1. You have to do what's best for you! That's for sure!

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  2. I wish I had worn my little guy a little more.

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  3. Sounds like you figured out one of the tricks of parenting pretty easily...do whatever you can to make life less stressful!

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  4. At some point I realized it was co-sleep or no sleep.

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  5. I never planned to co-sleep with my first either... But then it just happened and we never looked back. My sanity depended on it! Sleep deprivation can really do a person in.

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