As we close out #BlackBreastfeedingWeek 2021, I wanted to reflect on my journey of breastfeeding for the first, and prayerfully not the last time.
It was important for me to try breastfeeding my child, and I went into my pregnancy knowing it was something I wanted to do once they were earthside. Yes, I was #TeamGreen and spent my entire pregnancy not knowing whether I’d be welcoming a baby boy or a baby girl.
My mother said early on that was the one area she could not help me with as she did not breastfeed my sisters nor me. She said at the first latch with my oldest sister it was entirely too uncomfortable/painful, and she knew in an instant it wasn’t for her. I often wonder what type of support was available for her back then and if her lack of information and assistance were really the defining factors in her choosing not to breastfeed.
I EBF for the first week before I decided to see a lactation consultant out of concern of how much my sweet Sir Deuce was actually getting. I definitely encourage new mamas to take advantage of those resources and research which consultant will be best for you.
I left the appointment being encouraged to supplement with formula, I was a little bummed, but I didn’t feel defeated and continued to do my best to increase my supply for my son. Those six days turned into six wonderful months of breast and formula feeding. My supply started fading around that mark, and mentally I was pretty exhausted, so with the support of my husband, I contently packed my breastfeeding equipment up.
I stood by “fed is best” and have a happy, healthy 14-month old son who everyone adores.
If I’m blessed to conceive again, I will try to go even longer. In the meantime, I wanted to share some of my favorite products that helped me through, especially the first few months and even battling mastitis.
1. Elvie Pump