Kellyn RiveraComment

Breastfeeding.

Kellyn RiveraComment
Breastfeeding.
  I am ALWAYS told I'm doing something wrong, whether it is letting my son get completely filthy while eating, making a huge mess, breastfeeding, letting his hands get dirty (we wash our hands guys!), etc. At first I used to think to myself you know what maybe I am doing something wrong but that quickly left my mind because there is no correct way of parenting. Sure there are things you should do and things you should't but no parent or child is the same. When I first gave birth I came home to a bunch of advice, being a new mom of course I wanted all the advice I could get but I soon came to realize absolutely none of the advice I received worked for us, ABSOLUTELY none of it. I had to figure everything out on my own and sure enough we got the hang of it. Ian and I had our "routine" figured out and although lots of the things I did were the things I was told not to do they were the things that worked best for us. One of the biggest things I feel people always decide to comment on is breastfeeding, now Ian is one, our plan was to stop breastfeeding at 12 months but that didn't happen. Sometimes I feel bad and think I should just ween him but then no because for me breastfeeding is a strong bond between a mother and child. It's not only he's hungry lets stick a boob in his mouth, no. To me it's much more than that. I am beyond grateful for being able to have breastfed him for as long as I have and continue doing so. I never had any trouble and it came so natural to both Ian and I, which I am so thankful for. Ian doesn't look for me to only be fed, he looks for comfort, warmth, and so much more. It upsets me when people say breastfeeding must be so much easier or assume it is, it is not. Sometimes I can't do absolutely anything because I am breastfeeding. Shower? restroom break? hungry? everything needs to wait because feeding your child comes first, Ian has never drank out of a bottle and doesn't like his milk from anywhere else but me. It's hard, yes, but I wouldn't change it for anything.

 

I am ALWAYS told I'm doing something wrong, whether it is letting my son get completely filthy while eating, making a huge mess, breastfeeding, letting his hands get dirty (we wash our hands guys!), etc. At first I used to think to myself you know what maybe I am doing something wrong but that quickly left my mind because there is no correct way of parenting. Sure there are things you should do and things you should't but no parent or child is the same. When I first gave birth I came home to a bunch of advice, being a new mom of course I wanted all the advice I could get but I soon came to realize absolutely none of the advice I received worked for us, ABSOLUTELY none of it. I had to figure everything out on my own and sure enough we got the hang of it. Ian and I had our "routine" figured out and although lots of the things I did were the things I was told not to do they were the things that worked best for us. One of the biggest things I feel people always decide to comment on is breastfeeding, now Ian is one, our plan was to stop breastfeeding at 12 months but that didn't happen. Sometimes I feel bad and think I should just ween him but then no because for me breastfeeding is a strong bond between a mother and child. It's not only he's hungry lets stick a boob in his mouth, no. To me it's much more than that. I am beyond grateful for being able to have breastfed him for as long as I have and continue doing so. I never had any trouble and it came so natural to both Ian and I, which I am so thankful for. Ian doesn't look for me to only be fed, he looks for comfort, warmth, and so much more. It upsets me when people say breastfeeding must be so much easier or assume it is, it is not. Sometimes I can't do absolutely anything because I am breastfeeding. Shower? restroom break? hungry? everything needs to wait because feeding your child comes first, Ian has never drank out of a bottle and doesn't like his milk from anywhere else but me. It's hard, yes, but I wouldn't change it for anything.