Nursing is more than just breastfeeding. Or at least it is to me. On my journey I have come to appreciate the love for nursing my baby. If you asked me, back when Alice was three months I would tell you I hated it and wanted to quit. Now at 8 months, I almost feel like a pro.
Before I felt detached when trying to feed my daughter; so much that some would say I might have been going through post-partum depression. But really the only thing that was making me sad was how much pain I was enduring from all the breast swelling and nursing strikes. All while my condition was taking its toll on me.
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But somehow, I was finally at peace. After an uphill battle I was bonding with my daughter in ways I would cherish forever. I gained a lot of patience, but I realized so did she. We had fallen into a routine that was more than perfect. I knew she felt safe, loved, and most importantly comforted.
Fun fact: Although a mother who is unable to physically produce milk can still nurse their child because it brings them comfort.
Now how long I will continue to nurse Alice is hard to say, probably after a year. I’ve been trying to crib train her and it’s been hard on her through nights because she is also teething. So it’s a work in progress.
How do you like nursing/breastfeeding? What’s it like for you?