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several posters have been having some hard times, so let's see what each of us does to get thru the hard times with breastfeeding (growth spurts, pain, biting, etc) and how do you find the support and motivation to not give up???
for me, a good friend bf 3 babies and has been super helpful. when i was having a hard time early on, JM and my doula and midwife were very helpful and supportive. also for me, stopping was never an option, so that made it easier to stay focussed!
When things were difficult right after Abigail was born, my mom really helped me through it. She told me to just set a goal of 4-6 weeks and promise myself that I would keep breastfeeding until then, and then re-evaluate things then. She was right though, once I got to 6 weeks, I couldn't imagine giving up anymore. It really helped just to know that things would get better and to try to take it one feeding at a time and set short-term goals.
Andrea, mom to Abigail (8) Annabelle (5) and Alexis (2)
Giving up wasn't ever an option for me, either, so that made it easy to stick with it! I actually wish Nora hadn't weaned herself a week before her 1st bday, I would have liked to go longer, but I am glad she never had any formula in her life. My sister was a great help, she is a NICU nurse. I also really used the LCs at the hospital whenever I had questions.
So many people give up too easily, and I think if you know going in to it that it will be hard and there will be ups and downs the entire time you bf that makes it easier to work through those hard times. And once you get through the initial few weeks, it gets easier and it is SO worth it.
And it does get easier somewhat with each child, but there are still struggles even if it's not your first!