I am blessed to have had the opportunity for a beautiful breastfeeding relationship with both Eva and Hugo.
Breastfeeding is so important to me for many reasons. I am a very determined milk maker… I couldn’t carry them to term, I couldn’t birth them right, I couldn’t even be the first to hold and touch them, but I could do something no one else could. I make breastmilk just for them.
It has been such a wonderful way of bonding with my children and giving them some amazing food that’s free and very portable.
Hugo is feeding about four times a day and more if he’s grumpy and needs some slowing down and cuddle time. Being a toddler he’s a bit of a distracted feeder now and gone are the days of me catching up on reading. Instead he and I had quiet time together, usually with a small toy in his hands. That keeps them busy enough to avoid tugging on my hair which isn’t fun!
This week I joined in some fun with our local Australian Breastfeeding Association group. We handed out celebratory cupcakes at our local hospital. The ABA group is a place that I find a lot of support from like-minded people.
I hope that this year’s World Breastfeeding Week raises some awareness and offer support to those who want to feed their babies this way. I can only pray that Hugo continues to share this special time with me for a while yet.