Friday, August 7, 2015

One Month In, New Mom Is Loving the Adventure!

By Janell Hill, Guest blogger

I love it when things amaze me. But then again, who doesn’t? 

As a first time mom, I am constantly amazed with my new little one. Those toes! That button nose! Those lungs…. However, nothing amazes me more than my own ability to support this tiny human being with all the nutrients that she needs to grow by leaps and bounds every day. 

I am amazed that we have made it this far - one month to be exact - breastfeeding. At first, I felt awkward attaching a squirmy little person to myself. Support her head. Check her latch. Make sure she’s awake. There were so many things to consider, and that was all on top of the initial discomfort of breastfeeding and giving birth. Fortunately for me, I had plenty of help and encouragement from family, nurses, and lactation consultants. As the questions abounded, the kind folks at Madison Hospital were eager to listen, answer, and assist. For that, I am ever grateful. 

Currently, we are a month into this adventure. That’s four weeks of dirty diapers, hungry cries, and endless hours nursing. But it’s also four weeks of establishing a deep bond with my little one, loving stares into her eyes, caressing her sweet face, and holding her tiny hand. 

We’ve had our fair share of obstacles throughout this journey, but we’ve stuck it out and persevered. And I’m so glad we have. Watching my new baby eat and grow is truly amazing. She’s growing because of me! This milk is from me! My body is making this!!! 

I would be amiss to say that breastfeeding has been easy. There have been times that I wanted to give up and make a bottle of formula. There still are. But I know that despite the frustrations and fatigue, we will continue to breastfeed, and I will continue to be amazed. 

You can read more about Janell’s adventure in bringing up baby on her blog, On Growing Up

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