A Week to Celebrate Feeding Our Babes
I personally have a long history of breastfeeding. I have been blessed to breastfeed not only my nine homemade babies, but my two adopted babies as well.
Breastfeeding was not without struggles for me. My firstborn was three weeks early and weighed only six pounds. She was tiny and struggled to breastfeed. Somehow, we made it through.
And I’ll be honest, I did not enjoy nursing my first baby. I did it because human milk for human babies, it was free, and it was (at times) convienent. Over the years I grew to appreciate the very special breastfeeding relationship more and more.
In 2002 and again in 2005 my husband and I adopted newborn babies while I was pregnant. Some people considered the timing crazy. We considered it perfect. I was able to breastfeed our two adopted babies to give them the best possible start in life.
And while I have been able to breastfeed my eleven babies, I am also a firm believer in fed is best. My youngest son, Apollo, was born with a rare congenital heart defect (double aortic arch). He struggled to breastfeed and gain weight from day one. Finally, at 23 months old he had a g-tube placed so he could be fed (formula!) directly through his stomach. I was still able to breastfeed him, while tube feeding. In the end, he was breastfed for 2 1/2 years, the last six months while also being tube-fed formula.
All that to say, I completely understand that fed is best. But, since it is World Breastfeeding Week, I am going to share some of my all-time favorite breastfeeding images.
Big sister Elaina feeds her mom after witnessing the birth of her little brother, Bennett.
I had the honor of photographing Mace’s birth and then enjoyed a fun breastfeeding session. He was unsure of my camera but content and safe with his mama.
Local doula, Kristina, of North Cascade Doulas, plays with her toddler while breastfeeding her newborn son. Breastfeeding can be
Why World Breastfeeding Week?
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every
You can see more photos of this outdoor breastfeeding session here.
Sorry But I Don’t Love Breastfeeding is an honest article written by a doula who didn’t love breastfeeding her babies.
I Breastfed My Adopted Babies my personal story about breastfeeding my two adopted babies.
Kelly Mom has a great section on breastfeeding.
Great Breastfeeding Books
Products to Help With Breastfeeding
Haakkaa Manual Breast Pump This pump uses suction to stay on and passively collects breast milk while you feeding baby from the other breast.
Lanolin Cream helps prevents and heal damage to nipples.
Were you able to breastfeed your babies? Did you enjoy it?
And if you have any great breastfeeding resources please leave them in the comments!