So we're celebrating World Breastfeeding Week by nursing as much as we can! We nurse when company comes to see him & will nurse when we're out tomorrow (his 1 week doctor checkup is in the morning & I'm so anxious to hear "yes, he's gained weight back"). Sophie & Maddy both see mommy nursing Noah with my breasts and they think it's completely the norm & I aim to keep it that way! Sophie even likes to "help" me get him to latch on & often breastfeeds her babies while I nurse Noah. I love being able to teach the next generation that breastfeeding is not "gross" or "obscene" but rather what God intended our breasts to do! While I may not completely agree that every woman can breastfeed their baby (heck, and some men can lactate too! Google it!), I will agree that most women can typically lactate & that breast is DEFINITELY the best!
It cracks me up when I have to supplement with formula after he drains both breasts. He makes a face like "what is this awful tasting stuff?" When I have enough milk pumped before he needs a supplement, he never makes that face, so I know it's the formula face. Makes me feel good to know he prefers the good stuff! I just wish I had the means to supplement him completely with breastmilk, but formula isn't poison & I gave it to my 2 girls and they're healthy & normal. I was breastfed for a short time (turns out my insuffient glandular growth of the breast is genetic & mom had the exact same issues--praying my girls won't, but ready to support & help them if they do) & then had formula as well. It's not the devil; it's just not the perfect food for a baby.
My wish, though, is for every new mother to at least TRY nursing their baby. Give it a good attempt while you're in the hospital/birth center/with a midwife/etc. since there are typically people around to help you get started. If you need help, contact your local WIC office, La Leche League or get on a social networking site & ask questions! There are tons of resources now & lots of lactivists ready to help in whatever way they can. All you have to do is ask! :o)
So here are some pictures of Noah after he nurses himself to sleep. I'm not exactly comfortable putting nursing pictures up on the net (yet?), but you can tell he's a content little boob man!