AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: World Breastfeeding Week DATE: 8/01/2008 04:34:00 PM ----- BODY:
Christopher is six months old now. I've already been asked how long I plan to breastfeed him, and someone yesterday commended me on having nursed him for so long.

While I will accept the praise because it wasn't easy, I'm not ready to start hearing that six months is a long time to nurse. I feel like we just got the hang of it, and I'm not about to stop now.

It's funny. So many people were supportive of my attempts and encouraged me to keep trying. Don't give up. All of them had their different time frames too. The first one I heard was two weeks. Then it was six weeks. Then four months. All of those deadlines passed without me feeling like we were getting it.

Truth be told, I don't know when it was. But I know that he was at least five months old.

It took us at least five months to "get" breastfeeding.

In those five months, he hurt. He had gas. He couldn't tolerate the dairy I was eating. He didn't like having to work at pulling out my flat nipple. He didn't give up.

In those five months, I hurt. I had continual milk blisters. My nipples were cracked and bleeding. The flat nipple ached from the tissue being broken as Christopher worked to make it work. It wasn't at all fun. I didn't give up either.

It was worth all the effort.

This week is world breastfeeding week. I'm so glad that I am still a nursing mom and that my child is still breastfed. I'm glad, and I'm proud.

If you want to find out more about La Leche League and World Breastfeeding Week, you can click here.

And if you want to join in spreading the word with me, then just grab that button and write a post. Then come on back and join us here with Mr. Linky.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous toddlerplanet DATE:Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 1:22:00 AM EDT Whoo-hoo!

So, so important. I'm so glad that you did this! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Susie DATE:Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 10:05:00 AM EDT I am still nursing my now two year old. The response I get is "You still let him do that!!!!!" I don't know wean I'll when him - but that is a subject for my own blog post... ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Susie DATE:Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 10:05:00 AM EDT I am still nursing my now two year old. The response I get is "You still let him do that!!!!!" I don't know when I'll when him - but that is a subject for my own blog post... ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Becki DATE:Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 2:36:00 PM EDT I didn't even know about it - thanks for pointing this out! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Daily Verses DATE:Sunday, August 3, 2008 at 9:46:00 PM EDT http://jcmama.blogspot.com/2008/08/world-breastfeeding-week.html ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Magpie DATE:Sunday, August 3, 2008 at 10:14:00 PM EDT Six months is great, and I know all about that "we just got the hang of it". Mine was the same, and then she liked it and nursed until the night before her third birthday, and still talks about it from time to time.

Kudos. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Kelly DATE:Monday, August 4, 2008 at 1:24:00 PM EDT Thanks for posting about this! I had no idea there was a World Breastfeeding Week! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous No Minimom DATE:Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 11:19:00 PM EDT Congratulations are definitely in order! The APA recommends 1 year and the WHO recommends at least 2 years, but to continue as long as it is "mutually beneficial" after that. So you just keep on with your bad self for as long as you want.

I can't believe I forgot about this week! I will post something tomorrow. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Clifford DATE:Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 12:53:00 AM EDT I have completely no idea why I felt inclined to comment on this post. But hey there, breastfeeding uber733ts! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Amy Marie DATE:Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 11:29:00 AM EDT Good for you and your little guy. I was a career mom who waited until I was 30 to have my daughter. I was ambivalent about breastfeeding until I actually had her and saw the benefits. She just weaned at 3 1/4 years old. I took tons of crap - but it was the best decision I ever made. ----- --------