Happy birthday, baby Hannah! My daughter turned six months old this week which is sooo amazing (such a fun age!), but also means…. our breastfeeding journey has come to a close. I feel so blessed that I had no troubles with breastfeeding from the start. I know this is not the case with everyone and that it can be extremely challenging and frustrating at times and I am truly amazed by all the stories of women who overcome breastfeeding challenges. As a new mom I had no idea if I would even enjoy breastfeeding, let alone figure out how to do it properly. To my surprise, the first time I looked down at my little girl on my chest, I felt instantly in love with her. I found it so adorable. She was so peaceful whenever she was nursing and had the cutest little milk-drunk face I had ever seen.
As Hannah did with breastfeeding, she also took to the bottle quickly, which we started when she was eight weeks old. We then started to gradually add formula at twelve weeks old and she took to that with no fuss as well. Now, at six months old, she is starting sippy cups and is so independent that it seems she has naturally outgrown nursing. I feel like I have given her all I can, and again, I feel so lucky that we had a great breastfeeding relationship from the start. So, since this is the end of my “breastfeeding era” (at least until next baby), I thought I would do a post about some of my favorite memories while nursing with my little Hannah-bear.
My Top 5 Breastfeeding Memories
- Hannah is five weeks old here. My husband and I were headed out to dinner with friends for the first time since Hannah was born. She loved to eat so much, I ended up nursing her before dinner, during dinner, and as soon as we got home from dinner. It was exhausting, but it was a turning point that got us out of the house and made me realise that true friends will not care if you need to feed your baby.
- This has to be my favorite breastfeeding photo because it is hilarious and we had so much fun on the lake. I was really hesitant about posting this, but then I thought why the hell not? I absolutely loved breastfeeding outside in nature. I’ve nursed Hannah at pools, the beach, on park benches, and on this boat! There is something very refreshing about being outside, nursing, and NOT having to cover yourself up.
- Of course, as much as I love breastfeeding outside, it is also nice to do so in the comfort of your own home with your feet up on the couch, watching Netflix. And is there anything better than the cuddles you get after nursing? I don’t think so.
- Finally, I have to include the very first time I breastfed Hannah in the hospital after our water birth. I had no clue what to do, but somehow baby Hannah did. Newborn babies are incredible. Together, with a little help from our midwife, we figured everything out and created a strong bond that I never knew I could have with another human being.
I will always look back and cherish these memories with Hannah. I hope you’ve enjoyed looking back with me. As sad and sweet as it is to end this chapter, I look forward to bonding in different ways with Hannah. We are starting baby-led weaning this month and now that she is bigger, we are doing a lot more fitness activities together that I’ll be writing about in upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!
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