I didn’t have a problem breast feeding. Clare was an excellent and natural nurser. She made it easy to breast feed and I’m extremely grateful for this.
I know that it is not this way for a lot of women. They struggle to “let down” or their baby never latches on well. Whatever it is ends up causing them to stop nursing and start formula.
There are a ton of women I’ve talked to who feel guilty for not nursing, who feel ashamed of giving their children formula. They were ridiculed in the hospital by the people who were supposed to help them – the lactation consultants who insisted they were giving up and that’s why they couldn’t nurse.
I heard about a lot of women who would take hours to do one feeding. Clare is fast and efficient and we never take more than 15 minutes and then it’s back to fun.
I didn’t understand the struggle…I could only empathize with those who could not breast feed. Like I said, it was easy for me for a lot of reasons.
It started at 4 months. “Are you feeding her solid foods yet?” or “What solid foods are you feeding her?”.
“Oh…I should get on that.” I would respond.
But when I started feeding Clare solids I was met with an upturned nose.
Every time I stuck the food in her mouth she would push it out with her tongue, slamming her fist on the high chair tray and wincing as if she had taken a big swig of whisky.
Then I tried giving her a toy to chew on and then slipping it in whatever space was left in her mouth.
I even make noises to try and make her laugh. “Cooooookie. Cooooookie.” I would say like Cookie Monster.
I tried different foods. They tell you not to feed them anything too sweet at first so they don’t get spoiled so I didn’t. But then I got desperate and tried anything mild and sweet.
Sweet Potatoes…I got the tongue.
PEARS…the mildest and most delicious fruit…TONGUE! Wince. Spit. Gag.
I’ve been at this consistently every day for a month and a half and we’ve had no progress other than several food induced break downs. Still my little girl is a breast milk snob.
So, yes, I can breast feed but I might be doing it until she’s four.
On the other hand…aren’t these pictures cute?! She’s cute.