2.11.2013

we did good, kid.

I'll start this off by saying that if you are one of the 4 guys that reads this, you may want to skip today. I never really post about breastfeeding, but today I am. 

My only goal with breastfeeding the second time around was to try harder to make it work. I only made it 4 weeks with Grayson and I was determined to go longer with Griffin. 

From the start, Griffin made that an easy goal. This experience has been SO different than when I nursed Grayson. Griffin has always latched on perfectly, I have never been in pain, & we had a good routine going from the start. I didn't put any pressure on myself to make it to a certain point...I just wanted it to work as long as it could. 

Well, my champion eater started fighting our nursing sessions a few weeks ago. After talking to people & searching the web, I was determined it was just a nursing strike. I thought it may last a week or so. Well, it kept getting worse & Griffin was eating less and less and my supply dropped rapidly. My baby was self-weaning.  Just like that, our breastfeeding days are over. 

I'll be honest and tell you that I've definitely cried over this. I never in a million years thought that I would actually enjoy nursing my 2nd baby. It was so painful & felt like such a stressful chore the first time. I will definitely miss those sweet moments of just Griffin and I, but, I'm glad he seems happier to eat. That skinny boy can't afford to miss any meals!

We made it 6 1/2 months. I'm pretty proud of that. We did good, Griff!

9 comments:

Mallorie said...

Way to go momma! That is awesome!!! :-) I'm sorry you were sad to stop :-( It seems like he is thriving though! You are such a great mom!

{annie_loo} @ The Farrar Four said...

That's awesome! And...if he weaned himself, then he was ready! Sometimes momma's aren't though...and that's ok! I'm proud of you!!!!!

Mateya said...

That's awesome! I find it so interesting how different people's experiences have been with different pregnancies. Makes me kind of nervous for a #2 someday. Hayden was so easy!

Tiffany Mendenhall said...

I think that's great. I obviously have no experience as I don't have any kids yet, but I hope to nurse these twin babies coming very soon. All that to say, I think nursing is everyone's individual prerogative. It's up to you, your baby, and what is best for you all and your family. That is wonderful that G was able to nurse and it wasn't painful like it was with Grayson. I'm crossing my fingers for no pain come April :) We'll see!!

Rachel said...

That's so wonderful, Laura! BFing can be so tough. 6 months or 6 days....it's something to be proud of!

Beth Ann said...

I had a fighter the first time around and it was soooo stressful. We made it to 4 months and after much guilt, decided it was in everyone's best interest to stop! I wish we as women/moms wouldn't place so much pressure/guilt upon ourselves! I felt like I was so judged but I'm pretty sure I was my biggest judger. I'm hoping things will go better this time around (due in early April) but if it doesn't I am already prepping myself to not be so hard on myself! ;) I think 6 months is great!!! Glad you had a better experience this time!

Catherine said...

You are such a great mom!

Shelli said...

6.5 months is awesome! Way to go momma!

emily said...

You did very good!!!! 6 months is awesome!