I recently realized that breastfeeding is the only part of having a child that I have easily mastered.
Trying to conceive naturally = epic disaster requiring serious medical intervention (IVF + ISCI)
Birth experience = 100% deviation from my desired plan (Induction, Epidural, Episiotomy, Forecep Delivery)
Breastfeeding = NAILED IT! Whohoo!
I attribute my success to:
- My milk monster who came out of the womb already pursing his lips ready to suckle
- The lactation cookies my friend brought me which helped my supply and also provided a major source of nutrition during those first weeks with my newborn
- A balanced hormonal system due to supplements and acupuncture
- Pure luck 🙂
I always hoped to breastfeed, but I was open to whatever had to happen. Breastfeeding came naturally. It wasn’t forced. It didn’t bring me any stress or cause for concern. Maybe that’s why it worked out? I had a clear picture of how I hoped it would go, but I didn’t put any pressure on myself in case I couldn’t achieve that goal. Hmm… this is a very intriguing mind-body connection.
Either way, I am very grateful to have been able to exclusively breastfeed my son. I love our breastfeeding sessions (even now when he’s in the highly distracted phase). ❤
What part of your journey has surprisingly come easy to you?