Breastfeeding can make you feel like you are alone sometimes. Just like motherhood. I have decided to interview breastfeeding moms who are just like you and me. In hopes that we can see that other moms are just like us. Though we all have our own struggles a lot of times there are moms going through the same exact things. And we just never know it.
My first mom to interview is a good friend of mine, Jessica Stewart. I am so proud of her journey and I am excited for you to read about her and what her breastfeeding experience has been like.
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Name, age and a little about yourself.
My name is Jessica and I’m 23. I’m a stay at home mom to 2 children and a wife. I run on coffee. Plants are one of my favorite hobbies and anything farmhouse makes me happy.
How many children have you breastfed? And how long did you breastfeed your child(ren)?
My first born never latched so I pumped and breastfed him through a bottle for 6 months and began producing less and less and switched to formula.
My second latched like a champ. She is almost 16 months old and still going strong. She’s never had a bottle of breast milk once and our journey has been amazing.
What was the most challenging to you at the beginning of your breastfeeding journey?
With my first, I felt so overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed feeling the brand new mom role, so many people’s opinions, him not latching and me feeling like he was starving. I was so uninformed about breastfeeding and just winged it the best I knew how and I think that was the most challenging for me because I had no idea what I was even doing or if what I was doing was even right for him.
With my second I think the most challenging thing was overcoming the fear of going in public when we first started nursing because we were still trying to get the hang of it all. But I would say my biggest struggle was growth spurts. She nursed around the clock and I constantly worried she wasn’t getting enough.
Did you overcome this challenge? And how?
I overcame nearly every challenge I had by talking to someone who was experienced and more informed on the situation and I eventually learned how to properly deal with these situations when they came around again(always trust your gut). I committed to never giving up during all of these struggles.
The fear of going in public gets better with time and one day you won’t even remember why you ever stressed. Keep going, momma.
If you could give a piece of advice to a new mom starting her breastfeeding journey what would it be?
My biggest advice is to find a group of people who support you 100%. When in doubt, ask questions because if you don’t you feel alone and lost and you’ll most likely give up(like I did with my first). Don’t worry about what anyone else says or thinks, you’re the mother and you’re doing what’s best. Be educated but don’t overthink it, it’s natural to babies more than we realize.
What is your favorite must-have breastfeeding product you have used and recommend?
Anything else you would add…
Breastfeeding is a struggle but it’s the best thing you’ll ever do. Some days you’re climbing a mountain and some days you’re at the top!
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