While I was pregnant, I was always sure of a couple of things. I was going to smother my baby girl in kisses every single day, and I was going to enjoy breastfeeding. I read a lot on the subject of breastfeeding and even took a class. Still, when the time came to put newborn Foxy on my teet, I was somewhat apprehensive. What if she didn’t take to the breast? What if I had to supplement with, gasp, formula? I know a lot of women choose not to or have trouble breastfeeding, but I was determined to be successful. I wanted that bonding experience with my baby. I wanted to arm her with a strong immune system. I wanted to save money on formula.
I wanted to burn an extra 500 calories a day!
Thankfully, Foxy took to breastfeeding right away. I was worried that she wasn’t getting enough nutrients, but was assured that she was getting all she needed out of the “liquid gold” that I was providing. After a couple of days, my real milk came in. And how!
You thought I big breasts before? Honey, you should see these bad boys at capacity! It’s downright po.rnog.raphic. seriously. One breast is bigger than TWO of Foxy’s heads!
Foxy was born weighing 7 pounds. A week later she was only 6 pounds 11 ounces. Today, just 13 days after her birth, she weighs 7 pounds 8 ounces. Way to go mother’s milk! I got a thumbs up from the pediatricians office for a healthy, growing baby.
Starting next week I will pump breastmilk so that Tim can start feeding her as well. This will allow me to sleep through the night and give him some important bonding time with his daughter. Heck, I’ve bonded with anyone that has ever given me a meal!
Did you breastfeed your children? What benefits did you appreciate? Did you have any breastfeeding challenges?