Breast is Best….

By Shannon Gosney
In Blogging Randomness
November 30, 2009

As many of my readers know, I have 3 boys.  I breastfed all of them (and am still breastfeeding one of them – yep!).  When I first started breastfeeding my oldest, it wasn’t all magical like everyone said it would be.  It hurt like nobody’s business.  Whenever he latched on, I found myself breathing like I was supposed to breathe when having contractions.  What I didn’t realize was that you DIDN’T have to nurse the baby on each side for 30 to 45 minutes.  I had been told by a friend that she nursed her baby that long on each side, so I figured this was how it was done.  I called my midwife complaining about how sore I was.  I mean, breastfeeding was supposed to be a bonding time between mother and baby, not me counting down the minutes until he would have to nurse again!  I felt so bad that breastfeeding him was causing me to wince at the sign of him rooting for the breast!  I learned from the midwife that 10-15 minutes on each side would give him plenty of milk and that the rest of time, he was just sucking for comfort.  Once I figured this out, I felt so much better!  It wasn’t all peaches and cream in the beginning, but I’m really thankful that I had the opportunity to breastfeed each of my boys!

I was monetarily compensated by Juicebox Jungle for writing this post.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own!!

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

8 Responses to “Breast is Best….”

  1. I loved breastfeeding my son. I made the same mistake.

  2. Badger Momma says:

    Three girls here and I breastfed them also. Had a clogged duct with one of them too. I have never felt such pain before – even when in labor. So I nursed on the good side and expressed on the bad side until it was cleared up. Basically, you do what you have to do. There is no absolute right way of things.

  3. Chari says:

    you’re lucky that you were only able to feed for 10 to 15 minutes on each side! I envy that!

    We had 1 hour long nursing sessions right off the bat and they finally got down to around 45 minutes. AND he nursed all the time. He was super skinny…too skinny so he wasn’t getting too much.

    Do you mind me asking how old your son is that you are still nursing? I wanted to nurse my son until 2 years, but I needed a break after 14 months. I hope the next child is more laid back so we can have a longer nursing experience!

  4. mytwogirls says:

    My baby is about to turn two years old at the end of the month and I ‘think’ I am done with the breastfeeding. I am reluctant to stop because I will lose the nap in the process which is not so great. Nap is the only boob op left and I need that nap time more than she does! What is a mom to do?

  5. Honey Mommy says:

    I agree that breast is best, but it doesn’t work out for everyone! I have a friend who produced absolutely NO milk. No matter how hard she tried. She felt SO guilty for not breastfeeding.

    I think as long as you do the best you can, that’s all anyone can ask.

  6. LyndiLou says:

    I’m grateful that I’ve been able to nurse my baby! 🙂 I feel that breastfeeding is the best option too! 🙂

  7. I breastfed all 3 of my grown kids and almost decided to breastfeed when I adopted my 6 yr old as a newborn. I’d read many articles on how to stimulate production but decided against it when my family and friends balked at the idea. Now I wish I had gone ahead!

  8. Chelle says:

    I breastfed Isabella for a few months, but with Madelyn my milk never came in. But I’m happy to say she is healthy and thriving! I would have loved to breastfeed her, but it just didn’t happen.

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