I am happy and proud (and blessed) to have breastfed all three of my babies. I breastfed Hampton for just under 6 months, Sophie for almost 8 months and Weston is still going strong at 7 months. It has not always been easy – I have definitely wanted to give up numerous times – and I have questioned myself with all three of them, so to say it has been easy is a boldfaced lie. It has been anything BUT easy. Breastfeeding is giving up your own body and sharing it far beyond pregnancy. It is not convenient. I can’t wait to share this great resource for infant feeding advice and breastfeeding tips and support!
Breastfeeding is so rewarding. It is amazing to me how our bodies can produce sustenance for our babies. Breastfeeding creates such a special bond and it is something I have treasured with each of my babies. On the other side, it can be extremely difficult. Any time I had any issues with my kid’s diets, I received ridicule because obviously it was something I ate or I wasn’t eating enough, etc (turned out that my daughter had a bad case of acid reflux). I have had some pretty awkward looks thrown my way while breastfeeding no matter how discreetly I do it. I have also held on to these last few pounds for months now and my doctor said it will more than likely stay until I give up breastfeeding. Apparently our bodies love to store extra fat during this time. Joy.
I have also experienced how heartbreaking it is when you can no longer breastfeed and all the emotions when you give them that first bottle of formula. I have felt guilty for not breastfeeding as long as others. It is emotional and difficult no matter which way you go. One thing I dealt with was constantly questioning myself – my diet, how how much water I’ve drank, are the babies gaining enough weight, etc.
I wish I had known of a good resource where I could go to learn about breastfeeding and infant feeding as well as gain support with Hampton, but I am glad I learned of the Happy Family Feeding Platform, now. It has so many tips and information to turn to when you aren’t sure what your baby should eat or how much they should be eating. For example, I had no idea that it is normal for breastfed babies to be chunkier the first few months than formula fed babies, and then they become leaner than formula fed babies from 9-12 months.
Sometimes, us moms just need support – to know that others are dealing with the same issues we are. The Happy Family Platform is a group of mothers who get it because they have been there. It was important to them to give mothers and families the support and knowledge that they need, so they gathered a group of nutrition experts, lactation consultants, and trustworthy products to give tailored nutrition to infants. These experts (who are also mothers) are available up to 8 hours a day to answer any nutrition questions or give you support. There is even a live chat feature on their website where you can talk directly with the experts. While they recognize that breastfeeding is best, they also know that it isn’t right for all families and situations, so they offer their support where it is needed.
Photos taken by our sweet friend, Alison Hilyer!