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Our Nursing Redemption: The Final Chapter

April 17, 2015

I am so glad to FINALLY be writing this post…because it means that things with nursing between Josie and I are going well!

Many of you have joined me in this journey back when I revealed our initial nursing battles.

Then I had your support and continued encouragement when I posted about further complications but glimpses of light at the end of the tunnel.

Well here I am today with a final blog post…the one we’ve all been waiting for.

This is the chapter in our nursing journey where I tell you that things with Josie and I have taken a turn for the best.

Where I celebrate the fact that I finally built a FULL SUPPLY! Where we gush about how chunky my little monkey is getting from my hard and fought for milk! Where we throw a blogosphere PAR-TAY for our nursing success!

I did it.

I actually did it.

I am still in awe because those days when nursing was going badly are still oh so fresh in my mind. The days where I was curled up in the fetal position crying to Jonathan that I couldn’t nurse Josie ever again lest I have a panic attack. The days we fought nursing strikes, under-supply, ย supplemental nursing systems, lip and tongue ties, and dairy intolerance.

My have things changed.

In the beginning I could only nurse using the Boppy and my Lact-Aid while sitting in one specific chair in Josie’s bedroom.

Now? We’ve nursed any and everywhere. In the Costco parking lot, at the Cubs game, during Mass, while hiking in the baby carrier…you name it. We’re not only having success with nursing, we are finally tasting the freedom it can bring with its flexibility and ability to happen on the go. I was getting good at toting around our Lact-Aid and using it publicly, but it’s so nice to leave it at home and not worry about supplementing any longer.

Thank you to everyone who supported our journey. Thank you for all you mommas who shared your struggles too, letting me know that we are not alone in experiencing breastfeeding challenges. Thank you for your encouragement to persevere or simply to do whatever we needed to do to stay sane and keep the baby fed. I’m grateful for all you cheerleaders out there who’ve been rooting for us! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now the only thing I worry about is the day Josie wants to wean. I get sad even thinking about it but I will keep enjoying our nursing sessions for as long as we possibly can. Maybe we’ll make it a year, or two, or even four…I can’t say for sure but I hope to keep sharing this special bond with my girl as long as she wants.

Now, to end this post, lets see some pics of my little chunk, weighing in at close toย 15 pounds these days…almost double her birth weight!

BeFunky Collage

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12 Comments

  • Reply beingmrsmurray April 17, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Yay! So wonderful to hear a happy ending! Well, really it’s just the beginning ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Amanda April 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

      I hope it’s only the beginning of a many years long bf relationship between us ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Jenn April 17, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I am so happy for you! I was part of the online birth group from Tiffany’s older daughter ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been following your journey with Josie. You are AMAZING to push through everything and keep nursing her. Yay for a full supply!!

    • Reply Amanda April 17, 2015 at 11:01 am

      I’ve heard lots about that group since my SIL Cynthia is also part of it! Thanks for your encouragement. It was hard work but so worth it!

  • Reply Tomato April 17, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Yay! So happy it worked out! And Josie is just so cute!

    • Reply Amanda April 17, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Thank you! Can’t personally take credit for her cuteness ๐Ÿ˜‰ but she is quite the looker!

  • Reply Kelsey Marie April 17, 2015 at 11:29 am

    This is wonderful!!! I am sooo happy for you, Amanda! Your perseverance has truly inspired me in this.

  • Reply Alzbeta Volk April 17, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    YAAAAAAAY! You are truly amazing!

  • Reply Hannah April 17, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Yay!! So glad to hear it worked out for you both. It’s a great relationship – one that I didn’t appreciate or even think about before kids. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply conceivinghope April 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Well done!

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