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Every mother and every baby are different. The experiences of each women while breastfeeding are different, but all of them have something in common: We give to our babies the best from us because we love them. Today I want to share my experience breastfeeding Maia during her first year. Since I was in high school (because of a class) I knew I wanted to breastfeed my future babies because I knew it was the best. When I got pregnant I already knew I wanted to breastfeed Maia. I started to educate myself so I could be prepared. I had my husband and my family support. The support of the family is very important to achieve a successful breastfeeding experience.
For Maia and I breastfeeding came very natural. She properly latch from day one. While I talk to you about my breastfeeding experience I don’t have common breastfeeding problems to tell but I do have to tell you the challenges I faced in order to have a successful breastfeeding experience.
My first challenge was University because I was in my last year and Maia was two weeks old when classes started. This was too soon to leave my baby ( I can relate with Jane the Virgin. If you have not watched season 2, you should!). Now back to my story. This separation could hurt my milk supply. I decided to stay with her one more week at home and then taker her to the university with me. It was still too soon. My biggest concerns was if I was going to be able to extract enough milk, who was going to take care of her and how I was going to study and be away from my baby. I started to extract milk but the pump I was using wasn’t good enough. Stress quickly started to make a way. For me it was no option not to breastfeed my baby. If I had to pause my last year at college to achieve breastfeeding, I would totally do it.
I remember that my husband with a lot of effort bought me another pump. What a difference! After that I started creating my “milk bank”. Taking Maia with me at class didn’t worked. But she traveled with me to college and my sister babysit her. This way Maia didn’t depended all the time from the bottle.
I can say I was really blessed because I could made a milk storage and Maia didn’t had a nipple/bottle confusion. In order to achieve a successful breastfeeding year was sacrificing but with determination it can be achieved. Part of my achievement was my family who came many times to our home to clean and cook so I could stay with my newborn baby and not worry about other stuff. In my case I had to sacrifice study time. I sometimes was absent or leave early because there wasn’t enough milk at home. At my second semester Maia stayed with her “abuelito”. That semester even though I was absent sometimes it was the best where I had good grades.
I feel very happy because I trusted my body and I fed my baby from me. I know I could make it and I ignored all the negativity. If you are decided to breastfeed your baby, educate, trust in your body and ignore negative comments. If you decide not to do it, don’t feel bad you are still a great mother.
I gave birth Maia in World Breastfeeding week and today in the same week 2016, I can say: I made it!