Is a Breastfeeding Class Important?
The number one thing that is shown to make the biggest difference in success in breastfeeding. I encourage moms to also begin attending La Leche League groups as well. Today I received a sweet note from a mom who attended our breastfeeding class many years ago. She said I could share her sweet words with you!
Sooo, for the first time since December 2008 I’m not pregnant or nursing. Actually, the last time I nursed Gabe was October 22. He’d been telling me I was yucky for a few days and that was that, haha. He turns 3 in January. Madeline nursed for 22 months but weaned when I was about 3 months pregnant with Gabe.
Thanks for normalizing this. Breastfeeding past infancy and well into the toddler years. It’s not weird to nurse this long, but when I first got pregnant with Madeline I thought, “eh, I’ll nurse a year.” At the time when I started on the natural birth, breastfeeding kick, I was the only one I knew who did stuff like that! Now, I have a support network of mamas who don’t flinch when you talk about nursing an almost 3 year old.
Anyway, I’m proud of my journey. So, so proud. Madeline never got a bottle, Gabe only got bottles in the NICU. This was all me. I should take pride in what I’ve been able to do for my kids but, I know this would be seen as formula-shaming or pump-shaming if I posted on my own status. It’s really not, it’s just taking pride in being able to TRUST my body enough to provide solely for my kiddos. I ignored the world, people who told me what I produced wasn’t enough, who told me my milk made my kids spit up, etc. I also had it rough for a long time with Madeline due to chronic plugged ducts (I had a cyst removed in my left breast and it really did cause issues). It wasn’t always easy, but it has been so, so worth it.
Keep doing what you’re doing.
p.s. and yes, Craig and I took the couple’s breastfeeding class
Come join us- we do normalize breastfeeding. But we also give you tons of information for you to determine what works for you. But we will work with you on helping you find a successful relationship for you and your baby!