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Breastfeeding Free-For-All

Posted: May 31st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding Blog Hop | Tags: Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding Blog Hop | 3 Comments »

Breastfeeding Blog Hop hosted by The Slacker Mom Best Breastfeeding Blog

Welcome to the Breastfeeding Blog Hop! If you haven’t been here before, this is a weekly hop, hosted by The Gnome’s Mom, Happiness Redefined, and myself! The linky for the hop is open Thursday and Friday of each week and we welcome anyone to link up their pertinent posts.

Usually we have a weekly topic but this week I’ve got lots of company in town and I’ve been mostly offline in an effort to spend as much time with my family as possible. So, I am hitting the easy button: It’s a free-for-all! As long as it’s about breastfeeding, feel free to link it up. It can be a favorite old post that needs dusting off or a brand new post about something you’ve been itching to talk about. As long as it’s about breastfeeding, it’s welcome here!

Also- if anyone has something they would like us to touch on in the coming weeks- leave your idea in the comment and I will see if we can work it into the calender!

So, what’s on my mind this week?

Whether or not I’ll ever breastfeed again.

It’s definitely in the plans, but it’s so hard to think about it in any concrete way. With Judah we knew going in there might be issues, and there were. We also knew what we needed to do to overcome them, and for the most part, we did.

The biggest thing for us was compromise.

for me to continue to breastfeed, I had to supplement. There was just no two ways about it. I didn’t want an “all or nothing” type situation, because I know from my experience with the twins that that quickly turned into “nothing”.

But next time, I just wonder how hard I will fight. How much stress will I put us, me, baby, family, through before I make the call on supplementing?

I also entertain the notion that next time might be better somehow (hahahahahaha) or that there might not be a next time. Both seem unlikely.

So I don’t quite know how to prepare for this. I don’t have blinders going in. I’ve been down this road. I know the trials, the sleepless days and nights and the constant crying of a hungry baby and the stress it puts on everyone in an effort to do the best I can.

I hope when the time comes, I can cut myself some slack. I think I’ve worked my way through the stages of grief over failing to breastfeed the twins (remember ANGER?) and I’m quite happy with what I was able to do with Judah, so we’ll see.

Anyways…that’s what’s on my mind. I really need to quiet that voice though- it’s a ways off and worrying about things this far out never did any good for anyone.

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3 Comments on “Breastfeeding Free-For-All”

  1. 1 Lori said at 7:06 pm on May 31st, 2012:

    You'll do it again, I know you will. And at this rate, we'll both be doing it at the same time!

  2. 2 emilymohajerinorris said at 10:53 pm on June 1st, 2012:

    Thanks for hosting the Blog Hop! I just had the blog bug bite this morning (first time in years!) thanks to an insightful comment by my baby in reaction to seeing the Time breastfeeding cover and then discovered your Blog Hop hours later. I loved reading your thoughts on what the future might hold for you in terms of breastfeeding! Thanks again.

  3. 3 voice overs said at 1:30 am on July 4th, 2012:

    8 month was a long time to go without pain, but pain is sometimes normal during breastfeeding. You should go buy some green tea bags, let them soak in water then lay them on your nipples for about 20 minutes. The green tea actually heals your skin while relieving the pain in your nipples.


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