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Kim’s Story: Bringing the babies to work

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Here’s how this multi-tasking, multi-talented mom handled a very special night.

Kim chose to breastfeed her children because she realized it was the best thing she could give to her children. This was a change from her parents’ beliefs.

“Growing up,” she says, “breastfeeding was nonexistent in my family. In fact, it was frowned upon. It wasn’t until I met my husband that he really educated me on why we should breastfeed our children.”

Her husband’s support helped. And so did being self-employed. Despite working full time, she was able to bring all three of her children to work so she could breast feed them.

Says Kim, “I look at The Breast Milagro as a wonderful gift to give someone in support of breastfeeding.” She also likes the leather bracelet with its inscription, “Beneath the Breast Beats the Heart.” Even better, proceeds help support groups that support breastfeeding. Kim adds, “The Breast Milagro is a wonderful symbol for breast health in general.”

“Breastfeeding can be glamorous. This is me, working. I was about to go on stage to receive an award at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the baby wanted to be fed. So I made a pitstop into the woman’s restroom.”

“I look at The Breast Milagro as a wonderful gift to give someone in support of breastfeeding.”

 

Amanda’s Story: Embracing the breastfeeding bond

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Amanda taking a trail walk with baby Knox (Lennox)​

Amanda chose to breastfeed her two sons because she believes breast milk nourishes children better than any other food. Though she had heard it was sometimes hard, she was glad to have the opportunity to experience this unique bonding experience. 

She did face challenges. With her second child, she says, “In the beginning when I fed him, I would almost be in tears because it hurt so bad due to his inability to latch.” Fortunately, that difficulty lasted only about a week, and nursing has gone smoothly since then.

“My son thinks I’m the world to him.
It’s a really cool feeling.”

Amanda finds breastfeeding very gratifying. “It’s a super-cool experience that not everyone gets to have. Even my partner has no idea what that’s like.”

She goes on, “It’s really neat when feeding my little boy now. He just stares at me. He thinks I’m the world to him. It’s a really cool feeling.”

While she is working, she pumps three times a day. “It’s just really worked out. So it hasn’t been too hard,” she adds. Amanda nursed her first son about a year before he transitioned to cow’s milk, without ever being fed formula. She plans to nurse her second son for the same length of time.

“I know it’s the best thing. It’s all natural and organic, and it comes from me. I know everything he’s getting is really whole. Just to put something in their bodies that is perfect and wholesome. It’s a cool feeling.”

 

Jessica’s Story: Accepting the need to let go

mom-smile-son-baby.jpgBeing in the medical field, I was well aware of how important breastfeeding was when I had both of my daughters. After 2 months of maternity leave, I returned to medical training with breast pump in hand. I forbid myself to have any guilt when I needed a pumping break during the day, allowing my dedication for my daughter to trump any other responsibilities I had at work. I created ways to make it as convenient and comfortable as possible. I was able to use these moments to relax during a busy day, and for a second, unwind. Occasionally my pumping breaks interfered with my work responsibilities, and I rode those rocky waves as best I could, but did my best to prioritize offering breast milk to my daughter.

However, things became more difficult after I had my second child. Unfortunately I had the type of breast milk with an atypical balance of enzymes, making the milk not only spoil quickly, but also cause frequent plugged ducts. Although I never had mastitis, I had much pain associated with these plugged ducts which occurred nearly every other day.

In addition, because of the short shelf life of my milk, utilizing the milk in a chronological and organized fashion was a necessity. I was also instructed to scald my milk over a flame prior to freezing, which was very cumbersome. I kept at it as long as I could. However my breast milk “issues” with my second child were exponentially worse than with the first, and after 3 months I could no longer keep at it.

“Many pro-breastfeeding consultants are so pro-breastfeeding, they forget there is a person on the other side of the breast.”

I was in tear-jerking pain much of the time, and keeping up with the demand was a daily stress. After many weeks of tearing myself down, I eventually swallowed my guilt and decided to cease breastfeeding. After a week of self-shaming, I began to embrace this formula-only diet, with a new lease on life. I was no longer tethered by breastfeeding, and came to forgive myself for factors out of my control. I realized I did my best, and in no way was I any less of a mother.

Many pro-breastfeeding programs and lactation consultants are so pro-breastfeeding, they forget there is a person on the other side of the breast. I had to come to terms personally with my decision, realizing it was not a failure, but in fact a triumph. I was no longer the pained, sad-faced mother dreading nursing my child. I was more emotionally available to both my two children as well as my husband. I was proud of the 3 months I endured, and appreciative of the opportunity to balance my motherhood with my personal needs.