2 Years of Breastfeeding!

Snowflake turned 2 this week, and she also officially weaned a few weeks ago. My original goal with her was 18 months and I was able to make it to just about 2 years! Although the last few months were short feedings in the evenings only, we still enjoyed the time together and she was able to get some more of that wonderful milk, concentrated and sweet I’m sure! I feel very blessed to have breastfed her so successfully and to have met a milestone I know most never see. It was truly not something that came easy for me, as I have trouble making a lot of milk. My body in fact does not respond well to a pump (I can barely get an ounce even when feeding a newborn), and because of that I never gave Dahlia a bottle. She has never had a sip of formula either. This required a lot of commitment on my part- I never left her for more than 4 hours at a time, and I did nightly feedings for over a year. I nursed on demand to keep up a decent supply, so most days I nursed every 2-3 hrs in the first year. I was happy to do it though, I knew it was good for her and good for me. Breastfeeding relaxed me immensely, something that I needed a lot of having children just 18 months apart! I am so proud to have extended breastfeeding, and I just want to encourage any other mothers out there that it can be done and be a beautiful thing.

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  • Yayyy!! congratulations on your success. I wanted to do one year with my daughter and made it to 18 months. I also had same issue with milk supply so I can relate to how challenging it can be at times especially with a lack of sleep. Your daughter is beautiful!! you take care 😉

  • YAY!! I am a new mom and my son is 4 months. This is very encouraging as my goal is 1 year. Hopefully I will be as lucky to make it to two!

  • You’re right, it does take commitment, knowledge and persistence to keep breast feeding going that long. Congrats! I’m at almost the six month mark with my daughter and have no hard and fast idea about how long to go beyond a year. It’s been wonderfully bonding for us. I’ve been blessed with an ample supply (I’ve worked at it too, of course) even as a mom over 40, and I now have a whole new appreciation for my breasts. I liked the book “Breast Feeding Made Simple” for anybody who is looking to read up. Sometimes the latching-on instructions can be so complicated! Also, look up “Teach Me How to Breast Feed [Rap Video]” on youtube for some inspiration. “All da babies luv it!” 😉