I never would have imagined nursing, much less nursing two babies at the young age of twenty. With my first pregnancy my mother convinced me it would be the best for my daughter, and it would be way cheaper than buying formula. Being 18 and having just graduated high school the cost of formula concerned me greatly. Yeah, there’s WIC ( a program that helps by providing vouchers for formula), but from what I heard from other friends who had kids was the formula they give you is nowhere near enough for what your baby eats. I remember the moments right after my daughter was born it felt so natural to have her cuddled on my chest and she latched on naturally.
It was the most beautiful experience ever. The only issue I had at first was milk production. It took about 4 days for my milk to really come in, but when it finally came in my daughter nursed wonderfully. I continued to nurse her until she was a year and a half old. I will say it was so fucking annoying every time people asked me how old is she? you’re still nursing? I nursed because I saw the benefits my daughter received for it. For the first two years of her life Neveah has NEVER been sick. Never gotten a fever or nothing. She’s not picky and she’s developed above the average for her age group percentiles. I’m very proud of her and me. I never thought I would have been able to nurse. I won’t lie I felt very self-conscious about having to breastfeed, but once my daughter was born it just felt so right.
I consider myself pretty lucky when it comes to nursing because I never had any major problems with it. I understand not everyone is as fortunate. I’ve read and heard many stories from other frustrated women who had issues; therefore, they had to formula feed. Even I supplemented with formula for the first few days of my daughters life and even when my son had jaundice I supplemented, so don’t think I’m one of those moms. You know those moms who look down on the moms who formula feed. Whether it be breast milk or formula all that matter is your baby is being fed. I’m currently nursing my little boy, and so far it’s been going great. I love the bond I’ve created with both my children because of nursing.