As I come to the end of my breastfeeding journey with my 19-month-old, I wanted to write about the benefits of breastfeeding.
I whole heartedly believe in fed is best. I have met many women who tried breastfeeding but it did not work out or it wasn’t for them for many reasons. Which is completely okay.
For me, it was a priority. I knew from the get-go that I wanted to breastfeed my babies. My first time around I only lasted for 10 months. I was a stay-at-home mom then and stuck in childhood trauma. I thought that by stopping breastfeeding, it would solve all of my emotional and mental problems. It didn’t. So I told myself that for my next baby, I would breastfeed for as long as possible.
My second baby, was just so natural and holistic all around. I did a home birth. I was prepared. I did all the research. Prepared all of the foods that would help in healing and lactation. Had every single device to help me get through engorgement and mastitis. I was incredibly lucky with latch and supply with both of my babies.
At first, I had a goal of 12 months. Breastfeeding, working, pumping, sleepless nights and having a 4-year-old was a lot. The constant burn out was very real. I also traveled twice out of the country in her first 12 months of life, devoting a lot of my energy into making sure I would come back with frozen milk and a healthy supply. Which was a lot of stress as well.
I had to keep telling myself “do not quit on your worst day” on a regular basis in order to not stop all together. The benefits really outweighed the cons for me.
Benefits of breastfeeding
- Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most babies.
- It can help protect babies against short- and long-term illnesses.
- Breastfed babies have a lower risk of asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes, and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
- Breast milk shares antibodies from mother to baby.
- Improved intelligence and cognitive outcomes.
- Improved infant gut health.
- Lessens risk of breast, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancer.
- Provides time to relax and bond with baby.
- It continues to provide immunities and vitamins for toddlers.
- The World Health Organization recommends babies be breastfed until 2 years of age.
The one thing I didn’t know and I don’t think most women know, is that once you hit the 12-month mark, breastfeeding is a breeze. There is absolutely no pressure. My daughter only wanted to breastfeed at night. So it went from an all day affair, setting alarms every 3 hours, to not even having to really think about it.
So why did I decide to stop now when I only have 5 more months until her second birthday?
For many reasons.
- I wanted my body back.
- I want my cystic acne to end.
- I want to get an explant this year.
- I am so extremely busy and needed in so many different capacities that I really need to feel good, internally, most of the time.
It wasn’t an easy decision, but ultimately I had to choose me over continuing to push through.
I will cherish these 19 months forever The bond that breastfeeding brings is like nothing else I have ever experienced. Also, the most challenging and rewarding at the same time.
I’ve felt guilty so many times about it but I know that I am listening to my intuition. Which I know by now that it will always lead me in the right direction.
Tell me, what has your experience with breastfeeding been like?
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I am going to Maui, Hawaii with just my husband next week. Which is the perfect time to unplug and fully rest. I know my heart and soul needs this so I am going to pause my newsletter and blog next week. I will post again on Friday, June 16th.
Has anyone been to Maui before? I never have. I am so excited because I have always wanted to go. If you have, give me any and all recommendations!
Anywhere I go, I try to visit a farm to learn more about nutrition, farming practices, cooking so I can better serve you.
So while we are there, we are visiting O’o farm (Kula). I can’t wait to bring you new tips and tricks.
I hope you all enjoy these first few weeks of summer with your little ones.
See you soon!
Alejandra at Living Well Co.
La Leche League https://llli.org/breastfeeding-info/benefits/
La Leche League https://llli.org/breastfeeding-info/toddlers/
World Health Organization http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/exclusive_breastfeeding/en/