thank you for breastfeeding.

As a part of World Breastfeeding Week, I am participating in Mothering Magazine's "Blog About Breastfeeding" event. Click on the link to read more stories from other mothers sharing their breastfeeding stories or add your own for a chance to win one of several prizes.  

For my first blog post EVER, I would like to say a few things that I need to hear myself.  

Thank you for breastfeeding.

I have been there. 

I will try to understand. 

I support you.  

You are a good mom. 

It is very likely that your child will not thank you for choosing to breastfeed so I will go ahead and do so. Thank you for giving them the best start possible. Thank you for being the first line of defense. Thank you for decreasing their risks. Thank you for those few extra IQ points that might help them with college applications.  Thank you for holding them a little longer, working long hours, and always being there.

I have been there. I have been so very worried that I'm not making enough to satisfy my child. I have argued with pediatricians and neonatologists. I have pumped and bottlefed. I have failed to properly cover myself in public because my baby won't eat with fabric over his head.  I have breastfed in the parking lot of many stores, at doctor's offices, in restaurants, at birthday parties.  I am writing this post in the pump room at work where I will be at least three times today, where I eat my meals during my twelve hour shifts. I have been very thirsty and more tired than I thought possible.

I have not had every experience that you may have  but I will try to understand. I will listen intently. I know that you are doing your best for your baby.

I support you in your choices. I support you as you work to find your way as a mother.  As you make your plans and rearrange them to meet your child's needs, I support you. As you find a place to pump at work. As you worry if you have enough. As you give that first bottle to keep your baby healthy, I support you. 

You are a good mom.  

Thank you for making it work, 

Jaime Alverson RN, IBCLC