My baby girl is 4 months old. I can’t believe it how quickly the time has gone. I’ve been wanting to write something about breastfeeding her, because it is such a big part of our relationship, but I have struggled to home in on the purpose for the post. Probably not enough to say, “I love feeding my baby…” Hmm, not too informative. But really I just want to encourage you: if you are nursing a little one and it is tough going, it does get easier, it honestly does. Baby Girl is my 4th baby in 5 years, and when I look back over that breastfeeding learning curve, it is like the north face of the Eiger. I know that some days you just need a bit of a hug and some understanding.
When my first little man was born, it was like a textbook called ‘Bad Starts to Breastfeeding’. Milk slow to come in, huge weight loss (his not mine 😉 ), formula supplements, cracked nipples, mastitis, thrush… Ugh, so many lovely memories of hormone-induced sobbing at someone’s insensitive comments about how badly it was going. Anyway, we got through the messy start and it was worth it. And I don’t want to dwell on the negatives today, just to explain that I am appreciative of breastfeeding Baby Girl rather than smug or naive about how hard it can be.
So, here are some things I love about breastfeeding my 4 month old baby:
- She has got the hang of it In my experience, it always takes some time for a baby to get into their breastfeeding groove. Those early weeks take sooo much patience on my part with latching, getting the pair of us as a comfortable as can be. I love that Baby Girl can now latch on by herself and only sometimes need a little bit of guidance.
- She has got quicker Baby Girl has found her groove and knows how to work that let down. Actually, I do love the early days of hours and hours of cuddling that sleepy feedy newborn, but there is also something wonderful about now being able to get a little bit more done around the home. Sometimes she just needs a quick drink and then back to playing, and I can get back to making a coffee/other important jobs.
- She has started larking about Oh, this is just about my favourite thing – the smiling, giggling, swatting at my face while breastfeeding…sooo cute.
- She cuddles in for comfort Or maybe this is my favourite thing. When she’s tired or has been feeling a bit lonely, she snuggles in for a milky cuddle and gets herself really comfy. I love that I know this is so much more than the transfer of calories and nutrients. It is a sustaining, nourishing, precious mother/daughter bond.
- She is chunking up Those thighs are squidgy and delicious; the tummy has sprawled. Some would say she has let herself go…
- She travels light I think the 4 month old baby stage can be the most convenient time for getting out and about. She just nurses, but she knows what she’s doing; she doesn’t need any snacks in annoying tupperware; she doesn’t need a water bottle; she only poops every other day (yeah, sometimes I pop out without nappies and sometimes it backfires).
- She is growing up – but not too much Baby Girl is loving life and growing up before my eyes but she is still really only a little bean. God willing, we have years of breastfeeding left to enjoy.