I can’t believe that my baby girl is almost one! What’s even harder for me to believe is that I have been nursing my little one for almost one whole year. I always pictured myself breastfeeding for this long so that London and I could both benefit from all of its amazing health effects. I am pretty sure I joked a million times about having to rush home to nurse my little dictator so you could probably imagine the sigh of relief I thought I would feel when the end of my breastfeeding journey was near.
In the beginning, I wondered how I was going to make it for twelve whole months. I remember feeling like London was always latched on and I couldn’t catch a break. Then with pumping on top of that- I always felt like I was walking around topless. Nick would come home from work, and see me sitting on the same spot on the couch where he left me and say, “Are we going to put a shirt on today Mumma?” We laugh about it now but my thoughts at the time were, ‘what’s the point of even getting dressed today? London is hungry every ten minutes (LOL).’ Of course, things do slowly return to normal and we did make our way out of the house on most days.
Over time, I grew to love, enjoy and even desire the nursing experience. I couldn’t wait to come home, and snuggle and nurse my little one. It was the best bonding experience. It was such an amazing feeling- knowing she needed me like I needed her. I loved the moments where she would analyze every detail of my face, hold onto my fingers and stroke my hair while she was nursing and then close her little eyes and fall fast asleep in my arms. It was a feeling that didn’t compare to anything else I have ever experienced before.
One of my best friends described the end of breastfeeding as EXHILARATING and I thought for sure I would feel the same way. However, the feeling was quite on the contrary for me- I bawled for three nights straight when I knew the end of my breastfeeding journey was near. I even had to give myself “one last night” of nursing London before finally letting go.
My breastfeeding journey definitely had its share of ups and downs but now I look back with the biggest smile on my face because the experience was that gratifying. I know motherhood can be hard sometimes, but it has proven to be the most rewarding experience and I feel so blessed to have a daughter that has stolen my heart and will forever be my best friend. I can’t even put into words how much I love you, my sweet girl.
I have included some of my own personal tips for breastfeeding success below… I hope this helps all of you mamas and mamas-to-be.
- Drink LOTS and LOTS of water. This was really the only thing that helped increase my output when pumping. A lot of people swear by lactation cookies and fenugreek but I didn’t notice an increase change with either of these.
- Ask for help! Most health insurance companies cover visits from lactation specialists. There are also local breastfeeding groups like La Leche League found in all major U.S. cities that are devoted to breastfeeding success.
- I love The Honest Company’s Nipple Balm. It is made with all natural and organic ingredients to help revitalize sensitive, sore or chapped nursing nipples.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. I had so many friends that seemed to pump freezers full and didn’t end up breastfeeding their babies for as long as they thought they would.
- Be patient. It may take longer for your milk to come in than it did your friends. Just continue to pump and nurse because it is all about supply and demand. People that usually “dry up” stop nursing or pumping or do it less frequently.
- And most importantly, stay with it. Remember, “You can do anything you put your mind to.” Don’t let anyone discourage you or tell you it can’t be done. The things in life that are most difficult and challenging, also tend to be the most rewarding.
I can’t wait to hear some of your personal tips on breastfeeding and how to wean your child from breastfeeding. Let me know if you found mine to be helpful. Best of luck, mamas… you got this! If you like this post, then you will probably like this one too!
On another note, our house is all up and framed! We had no idea since it feels like just yesterday when they dug the basement. Nick had a meeting with our builder at our construction site and was shocked to see everything was all up. He came right home and picked up L and I so we could take a look. Everything was perfect- we wouldn’t change a thing. London has her own suite- perfect for a princess. I have meetings all next week to finish designing the kitchen and all of the closet spaces. Everything is coming together so quickly- we just can’t contain our excitement.
On our outing today, London wore this adorable Kardashian Kids bomber jacket over this tribal patterned ensemble and the most chic “snake-skin” moccasins. Our outfit is never complete without a little something in our hair. These gorgeous floral crowns add the perfect touch of femininity. People are always surprised to see that London leaves her hair accessories in but she just loves them! It helps when they are so soft and comfortable that she forgets they are even there. Now I have Led Zeppelin playing in my head- “Someone told me there’s a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.”