August 4, 2007

This Mama Knows...

Today my little story about Boo is featured at Mama Knows Breast in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, and I won a copy of her new book!

The first moments of Gray's life outside the womb are some of my most treasured. We were able to bond and nurse immediately, and hubby and I snuggled and ooohed and ahhhed over our newest son for a good hour or so, all alone before anyone had to come tend to the routine hospital stuff.

Initiation of breastfeeding within the 1st hour of birth is the first and most vital step to reducing infant and under-five mortality. To me, it was just so natural to do right after he was born.


And still, with Gray being almost 22 months old, breastfeeding him is so natural and not something that I ever view as shameful or a burden. The fact that I am still nursing him at this age is something I enjoy and know is best for him and me.

Whether you nurse your child for one day or one year or even
more, every little bit of that Mama's Milk makes such an important difference in their entire life.

16 comments:

  1. I nursed my first, until the DR told me he was hungry (I then figure out why God Made Bottles) I was so up tight, it had more to do with what had happened than who I am. My other children enjoyed me holding them and the bottle they were nursing on, I always, always, held them, but was to uptight to nurse, they enjoyed me!! I so wish I would have calmed and relaxed so they could nurse, NEVER got that satisafaction, but got the closeness of stopping and enjoying them!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Great post! lve the picture! and congrat for the win!

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  3. Congratulations, Steph! Great interview!

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  4. What a great post! That is what I loved about having my girls. I could feel that instant bond when I nursed right when they were born. It did feel just right and I never knew any better since my extended family were so against nursing. I feel I have really showed them a different side of the story and only hopes it helps my on down the line so to speak.

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  5. Agreed and Kudos! I love this photo...

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  6. Nursing my children has always been my favorite part about having them, even in the middle of the night it didn't bother me to get up and have that special time together. Good post!

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  7. I will admit that it did seem like a burden sometimes, especially in those early weeks. Neither of us knew what the heck we were doing and I was so darn tired and stressed.
    But sometimes it was the most sweet, bonding time ever.
    I had no major problems with it and pushed on because I believe in the health benefits. Now we are going strong at (almost) one year with no plans to stop! Never had to suppliment and I'm very proud of us. I enjoy it now more than ever! :)

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  8. Even though theBeast never latched on, and I am happy that she was given breast milk for the first 6 weeks. And if this next baby nurses, I'm going to nurse it for 10 years!!!! LOL!!

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  9. At first I said i was going to nurse Hailey for 6 months, then i said 1 year now i'm saying 1 1/2 or even 2, everytime i set an age to wean, it comes and goes and i'm still not ready to stop. (neither is Hailey she is beyond attached!) Hailey is almost 13 months old and it just seems like the most natural thing to do.
    I love the closeness of it and the bond that i know will be there forever.

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  10. Amen to breastfeeding toddlers!!!

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  11. Oh I just saw the picture - awesome!! You just gotta love nursing!

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  12. A few hours after my second child was born, I was breastfeeding both of my children together at once in the hospital. I so enjoyed my oldest gazing at her new sister in amazement. I never thought I could love anything as much! I loved nursing my toddler. After her fussy sister was born, it often was the only time we had to reconnect throughout the day. I think that by being able to let her feel her mammas love on a very intimate basis, she too felt loved and appreciated, even though she had to be patient and share her mommy!

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  13. i love how you can post about breastfeeding so often and never get one negative comment. :)

    go as long as it feels natural for you and gray! obviously, the benefits are amazing.

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  14. Love the picture. I love how he is playing with your hair. My husband gave me a little heart pendent necklace when we were dating and I never take it off. All three of my boys have played with it while nursing. I loved it each time one of them got old enough to reach for it and eventually grab it in their chubby little fists. Nursing is such a special time between Mama and Baby.

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  15. Awww how cute! Kudos to you Steph and congrats!

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  16. I love the picture. My little Lucas loves to reach up and touch my face while he nurses....the sweetest thing!!

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