Breastfeeding is a wonderful thing, but balancing three older children and nursing a four-month-old is hard work. I have found that engaging my older children in a fun activity, such as crafts or reading them a book, helps me bond with and feed my nursing baby, while tending to my older children’s needs.
I have six children. Four of them were breastfed. I nursed them for six weeks, one year, and two of them for nine months. I loved the bonding experience and how easy breastfeeding was. I dealt with depression, but worked through it and was committed to doing it for the baby’s health. I am sad that they are too old for breastfeeding now.
I have five children and breastfed two of them until they were each one year old. I felt better when I breastfed. I felt like I was doing the right and best thing for my children. I had a lot of support from my husband – he took on the older kids. When I went back to school, I did pump and bottle-feed.
I breastfed each of my kids for about one year each. I loved it! It brought such a sense of closeness and forced me to slow down, take a break, and just enjoy my baby. My first baby had a really hard time latching on for the first six weeks or so. I just persevered and eventually, it got easier. My youngest quit cold turkey when he was 11 months old. That was really hard to deal with. With my first three, we both gradually stopped and I was fine with it. With my youngest, it was heartbreaking because I wanted to continue, but he wouldn’t cooperate. I tried everything I could think of to get him to breastfeed again. I had to make the decision to just pump.