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How My View of Breastfeeding Has Changed

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I used to prefer not to witness it, but it didn’t bother me.

I used to think you should cover up, but now I don’t. My daughter doesn’t like to be covered and neither do I. I don’t normally wear a blanket over my head at dinner – do you?

I used to think babies should only breastfeed for 6 months – 1 year at the max. I was not fully informed, but now I’ve been better educated on the magic that is mama’s milk. If baby can’t have cow’s milk til 1… why would I stop nursing just to switch to formula? Solids are just for fun right now. I now know that breastmilk fulfills all of baby’s nutritional needs up to the age of 1.

I shifted my view to thinking til 1 was okay, but no more than 18 months. Now I know that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends nursing through the age of 2. I’d rather allow my daughter to self-wean when she’s ready. My previous views were primarily influenced by society’s idea of “normal.”

I’ve learned that babies are pretty smart in knowing their needs. If she’s hungry – we nurse. If she’s scared and upset – we nurse. If she’s sleepy – we nurse. Nursing is more than just feeding.

I used to think pumping would be easy. Oh boy, I learned that pumping is hard! I cannot imagine pumping exclusively.

I used to think breastfeeding would just be a part of our routine. I never thought I’d become so passionate about it.

 

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