One mama, two breastfeeding journeys
Before I had a baby, I always thought that I’d breastfeed for a full year or longer. I imagined the sweet moments feeding my daughter Kinsley as she gently fell asleep in my arms. How things actually went was a far cry from my dreams. I suffered from extreme PP anxiety and whenever something went slightly off my plans I would panic, in turn my supply dwindled. I kept trying to breastfeed because I felt so much pressure to continue, but the pain from nursing with low supply + the anxiety made the experience horrible for us both. I started to pump and eventually my supply completely dried up and I had no choice but to supplement with formula. As soon as I stopped breastfeeding entirely, Kinsley and I were so much happier, and we were finally able to enjoy the days together!
Baby number two:
Initially I thought I wouldn’t be able to breastfeed her after my first experience. She latched instantly and my supply was great. I was feeling much more at ease in breastfeeding and finally had the confidence to see it through! I was happy to share 426 days exclusively breastfeeding Kyley! My advice for families is to do what feels right, find your tribe to support your journey and ultimately don’t let society pressure you into doing what’s “normal” for your child!