As many of you may know, I have been approved by Medela to be a Medela Mom Maven. I have qualified for this title through my experience of exclusively nursing my baby until she was 12 months old. Shortly after I got the hang of breastfeeding, I looked into becoming a lactation consultant but decided I did not have time to pursue it because I was a full time teacher, part time grad student, and I had a baby under a year old at home. Now that I am a stay at home mom, I have decided that maybe this is my chance to help other moms who may not have enough support when it comes to breastfeeding.
Once I returned to work, many people discouraged me from continuing to breastfeed my daughter. I had people telling me that breastfeeding her was only good for the first 3 months of her life (false), that returning to work would halt my milk supply (false), and that giving her formula would help us both get the rest we needed (false.) As a matter of fact, I had very little support when it came to breastfeeding, and while I do not claim to be an advocate for exclusively breastfeeding (only because I know many people simply can not breastfeed) I do feel that women who want to breastfeed should not be discouraged to do so and should have someone to cheer them on when they are experiencing difficulties.
I experienced low milk supply when I was under extreme stress at my previous job, when I came down with the flu (which, by the way, my daughter never contracted BECAUSE I was breastfeeding), and when I would be too lazy to pump to keep my supply up. I regained my milk supply by taking Fenugreek, adding a pumping session in my day, and by nursing my baby when I was around her.
Moral of this post – there are so many supportive resources out there. If you feel that nursing your child is the best thing for you and your baby, then go for it. On the flip side, if you lose your milk supply, feel that nursing just isn’t for you, or only want to nurse for a short period of time, then do what you feel is best for you – and don’t let anyone make you feel bad about your decision.
If I can answer any questions for you, please feel free to contact me or leave a post!