“At first I thought ‘I don’t have a Success Story.’ My daughter latched easily shortly after birth, and we just passed her first birthday a few weeks ago, still nursing. It was my goal to make it a year, and we did! Right there is a success!
Then I thought about all the other breastfeeding successes we’ve had in the last year:
- Giving up dairy for about 6 months in an attempt to help with my daughter’s colic, which started around two weeks old. I have no way to prove if it helped, but it seemed to make a difference.
- Being able to give surplus breast milk to my best friend and her daughter, who needed it due to supply issues.
- Pumping at work, despite the awkwardness of tucking myself into the corner, on the floor of an empty office with a glass door. I work at an engineering company, with mostly men, and was terrified at first, but felt I had to do this for my daughter.
- Taking my lunch breaks to drive 10 min back and forth to daycare to feed her because just pumping during the day caused my supply to drop.
Learning how to cope when her teeth came in and she thought biting mom was an awesome game.
- Taking supplements, pumping hourly, eating oatmeal and drinking my own weight in water when my supply started to drop, determined to keep breastfeeding.
- Getting over my fears and becoming comfortable nursing in public after I realized I needed to be able to go out and about for my own mental health.
So no, it’s not an amazing tale of overcoming adversity, but it’s a lot of success!”
Laurel, Manchester/Bolton, CT La Leche League
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