|LEARNING CURVE: What I learned during my|
Corrie's breastfeeding experience was different from my own (as is every mom and baby's), so I wanted to add some things that no one told me about my breastfeeding experience, but I found out as I went.
1. It changed my outlook on life. I became a breastfeeding educator and advocate because of my breastfeeding experiences, and particularly because of the societal challenges I faced while breastfeeding my first child. My experiences were incredibly rewarding and I wanted to help other moms in their breastfeeding journeys.
2. The strong bond it created with my children. I'd heard about the breastfeeding bond before, but nothing could prepare me for the rush of love I felt when I breastfed each of my children. Knowing I was providing them with milk made specifically for them, the way nature intended, was very powerful and amazes me still. It wasn't all rosy and there were challenges, but getting through them together made it that much more positive.
3. How much I would enjoy breastfeeding. The benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby are many, but I didn't realize how much I would value the time I spent breastfeeding. After a long day at work, or during an otherwise busy day, I looked forward to sitting down (a lot!) with my baby to relax and spend quality time together breastfeeding. Those are still some of my favorite memories as a mom.
Now I turn it over to you -- what did you learn about breastfeeding as you went through the experience?