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In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words: Erica ~ Part 2

For Part I of Erica and Scarlett's breastfeeding journey, clickHERE

PART II: Making Breastfeeding Work at Work, and Beyond

I went back to work when Scarlett was 4 months old. I was a teacher, and needed to pump twice a day, every day. That meant during my prep period, I pumped, and during lunch, I pumped. It was hard, but I wasn’t about to be gone from my baby AND take away her food. She started reverse cycling to where she would barely eat at daycare, and wanted to nurse as soon as I came home, and all night long, to make up for lost time.

In Their Own Words: Erica ~ Part 1

PART 1: My Breastfeeding Journey: The Greatest Gift of My Birth Experience

I’ve been breastfeeding my daughter, Scarlett, for a little over a year now, and it continues to be a very important part of our lives. I know many women in the United States choose to discontinue breastfeeding at a year, or sooner, for a variety of reasons. I have no judgment towards them. I can say I know that I won’t be one of them. I’m not sure how long we will continue to nurse, but I don’t see us stopping any time soon.

In Their Own Words: Katie

If you haven't read my previous posts, you're missing stories of my struggles with breastfeeding, but that's okay. For purposes of this update, you only really need what I wrote last year about tandem breastfeeding. You can find thatHERE (2016) and one of my newborn stories is HERE (2012).

Nothing much has changed in the last year. My nurslings are now 2 years old and 5.5 years old. The 2-year-old no longer trolls his big sister. Instead he beats on her if he's feeling feisty.

In Their Own Words: Courtney

"In Their Own Words" is a blog series we share to bring you "real life" experiences from other mothers and their families.  Would you like to share your story? Please email me at krystyna{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com to get started.

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Today we are featuring a Q&A we did with one of our pumping and working-out-of-the-home mothers. She shares her insight gained from pumping for both of her sweet peas, for a combined total of 34 months...and counting.

What was your vision of what pumping at work was going to entail?

In Their Own Words: Katie ~ 2016 Update

"In Their Own Words" is a blog series we share to bring you "real life" experiences from other mothers and their families.  Would you like to share your story? Please email me at krystyna@sweetpeabirths.com to get started.

 
ClickHEREto read Katie’s submission for our ITOW series in 2012, written when her older nursling was 19 weeks old.
 
If you've read my earlier breastfeeding stories, you know how much I've dreamed of tandem breastfeeding. My dream came true July 2015.

In Their Own Words: Tanya + Tandem Nursing

"In Their Own Words" is a blog series we share to bring you "real life" experiences, written by other mothers about their families.  Would you like to share your story? Please email me at krystyna{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com to get started.

Breastfeeding Series: In Their Own Words on the Sweet Pea Births blog...Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
Before I had children, I thought that tandem nursing was something a mother did with twins, or triplets, etc. Little did I know! 

After my first daughter was born, I went from thinking I would just nurse until she was one, to feeling sad that she self-weaned at 22 months while I was pregnant with my second daughter.

In Their Own Words: Tanya...Part 1

"In Their Own Words" is a blog series we share to bring you "real life" experiences from other mothers and their families.  Would you like to share your story? Please email me at krystyna@sweetpeabirths.com to get started.

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As a mother to two girls I feel even more of a responsibility to normalize breastfeeding. My amazing mother did that for me and I am forever grateful. I grew up knowing that breastfeeding was a wonderful way to nourish and bond with your baby. 

From the moment I knew I wanted to be a mom, I knew I would breastfeed.

In Their Own Words: Sara + Breastfeeding a baby with food allergies

"In Their Own Words" is a blog series we share to bring you "real life" experiences from other mothers and their families.  Would you like to share your story? Please email me at krystyna@sweetpeabirths.com to get started.

In Their Own Words: Breastfeeding Series brought to you by Sweet Pea Births, offering Birthing From Within and Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson^^Here^^ are the before and after pictures of Sara's second child, who has some food allergies. Read on to find out what made the difference for their family.

When you don’t have a baby with food allergies, it’s easy to take their health for granted.

In Their Own Words: Sara

I am so happy to share this story from a mother who has chosen tandem breastfeeding for her family.  It is still not always accepted by family or friends when we breastfeed children past the first birthday here in the U.S., let alone if we choose to breastfeed past the child's second or third birthday.  

In today's installment of IN THEIR OWN WORDS, Sara shares where her expectations were before birthing her firstborn, and how that evolved as she continued down the path of their breastfeeding journey.

In Their Own Words: Amy

"In Their Own Words" is one of my favorite series on the blog.  It lets families share their stories, and help others along the way.  Thank you, Amy, for taking the time to write out your breastfeeding story.  We are honored to be able to share it with other mothers who are facing challenges along their breastfeeding journey.
 ~Krystyna



I always wanted to be able to nurse, to provide for my babies in that way, and to experience the bond. For whatever reason, I always felt confident that I would be able to, as well.
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