didn't nurse very long - 8 months with my daughter, 12 months with my son
(although still using breast milk in a bottle from 12 months until the freezer
stash runs out because he started taking a bottle at 12 months due to medical
The biggest help was seeing a lactation consultant. I think
everyone should see one, starting in the hospital! I usually ask for one right
away, but for my second, following up months later was the best thing I ever
could have done.
At 9 months, my doctor felt I should supplement my son. When I
went to the lactation consultant, she spent extra time with me and determined
my son WAS gaining weight after eating, and he was just a slow eater. She
encouraged me to just let him graze instead of force ounces on him.
having a lactation consultant and having friends who
also breastfeed or pump helps keep you going and helps you to not
give up. With my firstborn, my friend and I had "pumping parties" in
my cubicle and she kept me going because it was just what we did. Although I
quit far earlier than I wanted due to stress, she was able to feed her son
until he was 2, and supplement breast milk for my daughter. Having help is
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