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I breastfed for a year & all I got was…

I breastfed for a year, and all I got was this stinkin’… wait — scratch that.

What I got, was an incredible sense of gratification, a gorgeous healthy baby, and the chance to form an intensely-special bond with my daughter. Among other things.

On Breastfeeding for 1 Year

So happy that I breastfed for a year…

When I gave birth to Kara, I didn’t have any breastfeeding expectations. I had felt like I failed Evan when I wasn’t able to breastfeed him, and while I wanted to give it a second shot, I didn’t have my hopes up, and I certainly didn’t think I’d be able to say that I breastfed for a year.

I am living proof that just because breastfeeding doesn’t work out the first time doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t the second, or third, or fourth. If you have the desire in your heart to try it… do.

On Breastfeeding for 1 Year

I’m not saying that I didn’t have breastfeeding struggles with Kara, because I did. However, overall, the experience has been wonderful. It only got easier and easier as the weeks passed, and now I feel like it’s just a part of my existence.

In fact, as Kara celebrates her 1st birthday and begins to show signs of wanting to wean, I feel a bit sad to see this time pass.

I just feel really proud that I breastfed for a year. Really, really proud.

UPDATE… I ended up breastfeeding Kara for 15 months. :)

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  1. December 21, 2012 @ 1:33 pm
    Shannon S.

    I so agree with all you have said…did that to my other 3 boys and now on my 4th…it is a beautiful thin!!

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  2. December 21, 2012 @ 1:38 pm
    brianna dale

    You rock!!!

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  3. December 21, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    Congrats mama! Making it to a year really is an accomplishment.

    (And I thought you were going to say, “… all I got was saggier boobs.” LOL I’m on my 3rd baby and going on 3 1/2 years combined of breastfeeding. I definitely got the saggier boobs.)

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    • December 21, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

      Oh, I’ve got that too. Good thing I’m kind of like “whatevs” about my boobs at this point. lol. As long as they look OK in a bra, I don’t really care!!

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  4. December 21, 2012 @ 1:43 pm
    Jen

    I’m going on exclusively breastfeeding for 17 month. I’m tired! I love the bonding but I’m really over the fact that she depends on me breast feeding her to fall asleep or that she now uses me as a pacifier. She is a late teether and her molars are now cutting through. She needs me now so I won’t deny her the comfort she needs. But boy, oh boy, do I wish she’d take a bottle or a pacifier!!!

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  5. December 21, 2012 @ 1:45 pm
    Pam Parson

    I couldn’t make it work with my first one, but the second breastfed for 9 months. I still don’t really know what the difference was. Congratulations :)

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  6. December 21, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    You are so right! I only breastfed my oldest for 4 months and felt like a failure but I was able to breastfeed my youngest son for 13 months and counting! Congrats!

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  7. December 21, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    Awesome! I am currently tandem nursing my 20 month old and my 2 month old. It’s tough at times, but that special time with each of them is worth it. There are some days when I wish the older wasn’t still nursing, but then I cherish that special one on one time with him in the midst of life with a newborn. Congrats to your accomplishment!

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  8. December 21, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    I breastfed for a year too and so happy I did :)

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  9. December 21, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Awesome mama! My boy turned one in November and breast milk is still the majority of his nourishment, though he eats everything. I weaned his sister when she was 2, I wonder how long he will want to go. Two is my limit, but I wouldn’t mind if he stopped earlier, in say half a year :)

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  10. December 21, 2012 @ 2:16 pm
    Jayme H.

    Congratulations!

    I have a two month old and feeding him has been very challenging and rewarding. My guy has sensitivities to many foods, so I have been on a bland diet for a month now. That in itself has challenges, but knowing that he feels better is the best meal plan enforcement ever!

    All the challenges are worth it. I have all this time cuddling and talking with my son. He laughs and lunges for me. He smiles at me. And he is working on hugs.

    I highly recommend a class or support group for anyone who is unsure or worried if she can handle it, or even completely clueless about breastfeeding (like I was!). And bring your partner–it was good for my husband to know what was going on as well.

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  11. December 21, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    Wow! Congrats! That’s a huge accomplishment that you should feel GREAT about.

    I, too, set a goal of a year, but I also felt like I should go past that if my son showed no signs of weaning. I had NO idea that would mean we’d still be nursing at over 3 years (and 31 weeks pregnant!) These little ones sure have their own plans, don’t they?

    Good job, mama!

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  12. December 21, 2012 @ 2:23 pm
    Luda

    I have 3, with first one i stopped at 6mo because introduced bottle too early, with second one at 8mo and i had to brake the habit myself because she was falling asleep with my boob and would not take pacifier. With third one she just turned 1 and she is so attached i don’t know what to do. I sure agree breastfeed babies are more healthier.

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  13. December 21, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

    I’m glad it worked out for you. The longest I Was able to breast feed any of my four was 4 months. I just dried out over night with all of them, ugh. However, I can say that all I got out of breastfeeding was embarrassingly saggy boobs. I think my grandmother’s were perkier in her 80′s , sigh. I HATE what it did to my body :/

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  14. December 21, 2012 @ 2:30 pm
    Sandy C.

    I was SO into breastfeeding! I started “preparing” my nipples in the 5th month of pregnancy. I breast-fed my daughter until she was 2 1/2 years old. My mother asked, “Why don’t you give her some formula?”, and I reacted as though she had asked, “Why don’t you give her some rat poison?”

    Anyway….the whole point here being that my baby had CP, and was very tactily sensitive/defensive. She would not tolerate being held, and the only skin-to-skin contact we had was lying on the bed, facing each other, with my nipple in her mouth.

    Well, she’s now 33, and still has some gross motor problems – but still wants not to much to do with me. I was away for 10 years, and never heard from her once. Now that I’m back home, she only calls or e-mails if she wants to ask for money.

    Not sure why I’m sharing all this here, it’s probably not the right forum for it, and I apologize if anyone is offended or whatever…..it’s just that I so wanted to be a good mother (natural childbirth, nursing the baby)…it just didn’t work out. So much for my bonding experience. I just want to know, why, my friend who was pg the same time I was, why her bay was standing up, and trying to climb out of the crib at nine months, and Jill couldn’t even turn over. My friend had no prenatal care, lived on potato chips and beer, did weed and coke, and her baby turned out fine. I sat in the sun, did my Lamaze (through 30 hours of back labor!), ate fruits and veggies, everything…..I’m just so bitter, effing 33 YEARS LATER—-I just want to know WHY. WHY??

    Sorry for the rant, I needed to vent. :(

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  15. December 21, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    Great post, I don’t have kiddo’s yet, but I do know if we do I would breast feed, i think it is very beneficial!

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  16. December 21, 2012 @ 2:35 pm
    Amanda Wilson

    My first child was completely bottle fed. My second was breast fed for four and a half months. They are both incredibly smart, healthy (my second child actually had more issues than the bottle fed child) beautiful children. There is a very strong bond with both of them I will let never again let someone make me feel guilty for not breast feeding. Every parent that loves and nurtures their child should be proud of themselves regardless of how that infant was fed.

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  17. December 21, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    What a sweet, precious story! So glad you got to share that bond with your daughter.

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  18. December 21, 2012 @ 3:23 pm
    Ronnie

    And you should be proud! I breastfed my 2 older one until they no longer wanted “that”.. they both weened themselves off . I was hospitalized for heart problems 1 week after my little girl was born, and the meds I had to take to save my life were not compatible with baby… I felt like I was failing her and the close-knit bonds I expected with her didn’t come till much later. Again, congrats on 1 year!

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  19. December 21, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    Congrats, Chrissy! That is a HUGE accomplishment! :)

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  20. December 21, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    That is so wonderful!!! I had trouble with my first born and breast my second for 10 months.

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