The Breastfeeding Diaries: Ashley from Words about Waverly
I am super excited to share my story with you and so thankful to Julie for letting me be a part of this series. I have been following Julie’s blog for months now and have found the stories of other moms so helpful, inspiring and best of all, reassuring. The breastfeeding experience is so unique and really only those who have done it can really understand it. I have come to realize that relating and learning from others during this process is so important and for me, was what helped me make it through.
Here is our story.
I am a total Type- A, over-planner kind of person. Waverly’s nursery was complete months in advance of her July birthday, our bags were packed and hanging in the hallway for weeks in advance, and I drove around with an empty car seat for well over a month. We took an 8-week birth class and read endless books and blogs to the point that I pretty much have a medical degree in child birth. In fact, I may just forgo the whole hospital thing with my next child and do it all on my own.
There were MANY moments of frustration when I didn’t think we would ever make it through. Just like they say, when you think you have it all figured out, things change. They did, ALL of the time! There were nights that I thought she wasn’t eating enough to find out, I was overfeeding her. After returning to work, my supply went down and I was convinced we wouldn’t even make it to half of my goal of an entire year. We pretty much went day to day on my supply for the entire time I was back to work, and it was something I was always thinking and worrying about. And as much as I loved the time with her, the pressure of being the only one who could feed her could definitely be overwhelming.
With that being said … I am fully aware that for some moms and babes, it just doesn’t work out. That may even be the case for me and a future Brickner baby. But I couldn’t be happier that this time, for me and my Waverly, it did! It’s something we will always have and I really do cherish it, and love this little girl beyond words.
On a side note, as happy as I am that our experience was a positive one, I was almost as happy to pack that god-awful pump FAR away. Really far. That is one piece of baby gear I can certainly do without.
Thanks again to Julie for the honor of allowing me to be a part of this series! 🙂
Be sure to catch up with the rest of the Breastfeeding Diaries at the top of my
I know what you mean about going day to day! After not being able to nurse my daughter, I was determined to nurse my son. Every dr apt (except for the first few weeks) they told me he wasn't gaining enough and I needed to supplement. I knew he was fine, he was acting full and he wasn't LOSING weight so I kept on going. It was exhausting, but now that he's almost a year old I'm glad we made it! (with a bottle of formula every night because after MONTHS of pumping before bed for that extra bottle I just said "screw this" haha)
Ashley, I have been breastfeeding my son for almost 7 months now, and am day-to-day with it just like you were. I never got an opportunity to create a big freezer supply of milk, so I worry about not being able to keep up all the time. I just hope to be able to make it as long as you and Waverly did. It's awesome that you were able to go for 11 months. Way to go, Mama! Thanks for sharing your story with us!
Hey you! Get your booty back to regular bloggin! :p
Totally agree on the lanolin. Whew! That stuff is an absolute necessity for sure.