I am a mother of four. All with different breastfeeding experiences. Before having my first, I knew that breastfeeding was something that I wanted to do. I knew that it was important for mom and baby. I’ve always been holistic minded and knew that if my body was producing this for my child, that it would be best for him.
My first nursed until he was 2.5. He self weaned somewhere into my 2nd pregnancy, with his sister, due to my supply drying up. We tried to nurse again when she was born, but he wasn’t interested. I nursed my daughter until she was 4, when we both decided to be done, due to me being pregnant with my 4th and not really desiring to nurse 3 children. So she nursed throughout my 3rd pregnancy and a bit into my 4th and then we had a ‘Weaning Party’, to say goodbye to nursing and to celebrate her.
My 3rd child, she nursed until she was 3, breastfeeding throughout my 4th pregnancy and she nursed with her brother, until I had to wean them both when he was 13wks, due to a health concern. I have to take a medication, for life, that will not allow me to breastfeed any longer. My heart was broken and my daughter was confused.
It has been a tough journey this past year, but I was determined to give my son the best. He has been solely on donor milk since his last day of nursing from me. We have been so blessed to have had over 30 mothers donate their milk to my son, so that he could not only thrive on breastmilk, but also all of their love.
Breastfeeding has been a passion of mine for nearly 10 years now and as a Lactation Educator and a mother, I know that I will continue to bring awareness to help normalize Breastfeeding and Donor Milk, as great ways to nourish your child. I recognize that there are many ways to feed your baby, whether it be by breast or bottle, wet nursing, SNS or Finger Feeding, breast milk, formula or another alternative milk source. We as mothers and fathers need the support from not only our friends and family, but that of strangers. We should not be made afraid to nurse our child in public for fear of ridicule and eyes of disgust. We should not feel shame in the extended nursing of our older children. We should not feel scared to pull out a bottle of donor milk or formula because a group of mothers near by might sneer at us. We must unite. We must feed our babies however we see fit. Together we can make a difference. A mother has the right to nurse her child whenever and wherever she may be. I will fight for this, for all mothers and babies.