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A year of breastfeeding

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I did it! I met my goal to breastfeed Lila for at least one year!

Despite our rough start, breastfeeding this past year has gone wonderfully and I am so glad that I stuck with it. Except for the first week when we had to supplement with formula to get Lila up to her birth weight, Lila was exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months – and I mean breastfed. No bottles. On her 6 month birthday, we introduced Lila to solid food.

I don’t regret it one bit.

One thing I love about breastfeeding is that there is no preparation involved. Another is that it’s with me at all times. People say that breastfeeding is a lot of work, but bottle-feeding (breast milk or formula) seems like more work to me. It helps that I also have no shame and will nurse Lila wherever I am. Easy!

Oh, and don’t forget that breastfeeding is free!

Nursing Lila will be one of my most cherished memories. It’s such a special bond that I got to share with her and I will never forget it.

We may have reached the one year mark, but I’m not yet ready to completely ween Lila from breastfeeding. I’m ready to give up the nursing during the day (and already have), but I want to hold on to the morning and bedtime sessions a little longer. Lila isn’t much of a cuddler, so the only real cuddling I ever get is while nursing – especially in the morning right after she wakes up.

I’m not too sure how much longer Lila will want to breastfeed for, however. She loses interest quickly and had no problem losing her midday feedings. The only times she ever really seems to want to nurse is in the mornings and if she gets hurt or something. But I think if we did it right, I could immediately stop all nursing sessions and she wouldn’t care. Dave would just have to get up with her and get her started on breakfast before she saw me. I really do think she’d have no problem with that.

But I don’t want to.

Ya know, the new recommendation is to breastfeed for 2 years. I don’t think I will though. My guess is that Lila will be completely weened before she’s 18 months old – all on her own accord. Honestly, I’ll be surprised if she makes it another 2 months.

I’m just so happy that I made the decision to breastfeed. It’s one of the things I’m most proud of. It is also one of the best gifts Lila will receive from me. I really do believe that.

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