Hi, I’m Kary from Always Painted, Usually Chipped and I’d love to share my breastfeeding journey with you. I am the mom to a spunky 23 month old boy and I breast fed him until 14 months, but that’s the end of the journey. Let’s start back at the beginning.
When I was pregnant I was very hesitant about breastfeeding, VERY hesitant. I worried more about breastfeeding than I did about labor and delivery. I was anxious to the point that I had dreams about practicing breastfeeding on my cat during my pregnancy. (Yes, you read that correctly. DreamS, with an “s” - as in, I had more than one dream about breastfeeding my cat.)
I knew all of the information about why I SHOULD breastfeed and I wanted to do it if I could, but I felt so awkward about it. I wasn’t exactly “scared” to breastfeed, it just seemed so far outside of my comfort zone. I’d never been around babies and changing a diaper seemed hard enough to me, let alone feeding someone from my body. Plus, I basically failed breastfeeding class and my husband had to hold the fake baby up to my boob to show me how to do it correctly.
Then on November 12th, my son, Reed was born. All through the labor I knew what was coming – the first nursing session. I kept thinking that pretty soon they were going to hand him to me and I was supposed to feed him. Out he came and then here I am looking at this teeny, adorable baby and I am expected to breastfeed him. I was nervous as can be, but I did it. He latched on, and yes, it did hurt and yes, it was a little odd, but I did it.
Bower Power - here) about lip ties. I’d heard about tongue ties, but never the lip. Sure enough, that’s exactly how my son’s mouth looks. He has a lip tie. I talk more about it in this post on my blog.
I hope that sharing my story will give some of you that are nervous about breastfeeding the push to try. Now that our breastfeeding journey is over I am SO happy that I stuck with it. Trust me, I am definitely excited that we’ve moved past that stage in the game, but I am proud that I overcame all the nerves and anticipation and gave breast feeding a shot.