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National Breastfeeding Month!
Happy National Breastfeeding Month to all of my breastfeeding momma’s out there! Breastfeeding is a beautiful gift that God has given us as women – It’s a food source that our bodies provide with healthy nutrients for our little babes!
It really is so cool how breastfeeding works. It’s fascinating that our bodies make milk and know the exact amount that our babies need. Breastfeeding is not only beneficial to the baby, but also to you as a mom!
“By the God of your father who will help you, by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that crouches beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.”
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”
“Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.”
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
Benefits of Breastfeeding
Did you know that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of mothers getting breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure? Did you know that mom and baby share antibodies when breastfeeding? How cool is that!
According to research, the average mother breastfeeds exclusively for 6 months and then gradually introduces foods up to 2 years of age. Personally, I have exclusively breastfed my son until 6 months and he is just now starting to eat solids once a day. Since he is my first, I don’t have a whole lot of experience with breastfeeding and transitioning, but we are learning!
Breastfeeding can also help you lose extra baby weight put on by pregnancy, boost your immune system, and it’s also super convenient when your little one wants a late-night snack!
When I first started my breastfeeding journey, I got mastitis. Mastitis happens when a milk duct in your breast becomes clogged or inflamed. Two days after my son was born (I was still in the hospital) is when my milk first came in. Boy, it was a rush!
I was in pain for the first month of breastfeeding because I had so much milk. When my son was five days old, I felt like I was going to pop and my nipples were bleeding. I used Mother Love Nipple Cream daily and it saved me from a lot of pain!
Due to my milk coming in, I had clogged ducts almost instantly! My body wasn’t ready for all of that milk and my baby couldn’t drink all of it. I resorted to pumping because the pain was unbearable and I needed relief.
I used my Medela Pump-In Style and it felt so good to finally not be so full. Unfortunately, I got mastitis and was sick with a fever for a few days. I ended up having to get on antibiotics due to my fever… It wasn’t fun!
Many times I had to hop into the shower and express the milk~ So if you’re looking for QUICK relief, I recommend that!
I’m thankful that my body figured out the right amount that my baby needed and that I also had some milk in storage in case of an emergency.
My breastfeeding journey has been one that I will never forget. It has made such an incredible bond between my son and me! I’m so thankful that God has blessed us women with the gift of breastfeeding. To know that I can feed my son with my body truly makes my heart so happy. I love it!
I’m not sure where or when our breastfeeding journey will end, but I know that God has it all in His plan and He knows the right time. I trust in Him!
If you’re a new mom (or maybe an experienced mom) who is thinking about breastfeeding, I definitely recommend it not only to help benefit your baby but to help benefit YOU! Breastfeeding is CONVENIENT, FREE, and BEAUTIFUL! It is both a money and a time saver.
If you’re on the edge and unsure, please feel free to reach out to a fellow breastfeeding mama, pregnancy resource center, or family member. Also, feel free to contact me! Leave me a comment below or send me an email ~ I would love to talk with you.
Below are some items that have helped me during my breastfeeding journey! If you find something that you think could help you, leave me a message in the comment section below.
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~ Motherhood Maternity Nursing Bra: Free panty with bra purchase!
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