My Victory in Breastfeeding and Exclusively Pumping
In the words of Porky the Pig, “Th-th-th-that's all folks!"
At eight months postpartum, my breastfeeding and exclusively pumping journey has come to an end. I’m so proud of myself! I wanted to quit after a week, but made it to eight months! I was so excited about breastfeeding Mariah before she was even born. I saw my fair share of videos and pictures in child birth prep classes and felt honored that I would have a chance to nourish the very baby I grew in my body once she was in this world.
My breastfeeding journey was nothing like I thought it would be. I was in tears everyday from painful nipples and a fear that my baby wasn’t getting enough milk. Fortunately, I didn’t quit. I kept nursing while pumping until I had enough rhythm to exclusively pump. Although I didn’t exclusively breastfeed for long, I’m thankful for the month of experience and the ability to pump and nourish my baby with my milk for an additional seven months! Breastfeeding, like motherhood, is intense, exhausting and demanding; moreover, it’s fulfilling and a special gift. I’ve gained a confidence and diligence to accomplish whatever I set my mind to.
I hope that my struggle and stride will encourage another mother to keep going. Yes, it’s challenging, but it’s also life changing.