Thursday, November 11, 2010

Nearing 1 Year of Exclusive Nursing

We are nearing our 1 year mark of exclusive breastfeeding and it feels like such an accomplishment! We have calculated that I have produced about 100 gallons of breastmilk for our baby girl (so far). Now that is a lot of milk. Think of how much money we have saved...

Despite not having a huge breastfeeding and natural childbirth support system (oh, but let me extend a big thank you to my husband, our amazing doula, our midwives, and our bradley teacher), we have managed to have a wonderful year.

It took about 1 month for Dalia to learn how to nurse and for my tatas to produce what she needed. It took about 3 weeks of excruciating pain for my girls to get used to a suckling little baby. Ouch! They say proper latch=no pain at all, but I seriously think that is a lie. I mean someone is tugging on your tata all day and night! One reason I was able to get through the really tough days (and the labor itself) was preparation for pain. My go to person for everything baby and attachment parenting, Dr. Sears, emphasizes preparation as a method of pain management.


Not everyone decides to breastfeed and some people are unable to for medical reasons, but almost everyone can. Our country needs more people who are informed about the benefits of breastfeeding. We need to see more women nursing in public, and we need more people who are educated about breastfeeding. A couple of our doctors at our pedi office nursed for 18 months! Now that is an accomplishment (so is 1 week for those mommies who stopped earlier)!

Many women choose to breastfeed while pregnant. Many women choose to tandem nurse. Whatever your decision is, I think this YouTube video (posted on fb) is fantastic!



  1. hello H family. i found your blog via FB and am glad i did! congrats on making it one year. this is a HUGE accomplishment.

    can't wait to meet you this Sunday. it seems we have tons in common. and, i am certainly looking forward to photographing Dalia. she is beautiful!

  2. Oh I am glad you found us. I just decided to make the blog public by linking it to facebook. There are a lot of good posts--the recent ones not so much :)

    I just sent over the balance--sorry if it is late! I just reread your message saying 1 week before!

    Can't wait to meet you, too! So excited! I just hope Dalia cooperates!

  3. Congrats on getting to one year! Good for you. It's awesome. Gabe started weaning around when we discovered we were pregnant because of supply, but he nursed for the last time just last weekend. It was bittersweet, but I am so glad I let weaning go the way I wanted it instead of what some doctors would have had me do. He breastfed for over one year, and that makes me so happy.

  4. Congrats to you! If you have time I would love to hear how weaning went. Was it hard? Was it easy? Is he on milk now? Way to go you are an amazing mommy!!!!!!

  5. You should be very proud of all your accomlishments this past year. Dalia is a beautiful gift and you are a wonderful MOM to her.