By Cecilia M. Wisniewski
Union, New Jersey, USA
From: NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 11 No. 1, January-February 1994, pp. 10-11.
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I knew while I was pregnant that I wanted to breastfeed, and I planned on giving it my most sincere effort. Within ten minutes after being born my son, Alex, was nursing like a pro. All was going well, and both mother and son were enjoying the experience. The only problem was that he wanted to nurse about every hour and a half, around the clock. I began worrying that I was not producing enough milk to satisfy him. My family was urging me to supplement with formula. They were telling me "the poor baby's probably not getting enough milk," "It's tying you down too much," etc. So, reluctantly, after checking with the pediatrician, I began supplementing with a small bottle of formula during the day and sometimes at night. But I felt very uncomfortable about doing this. I felt I was shortchanging my son and that I was missing out on the beautiful experience of being the sole source of nourishment for my baby.
While I was in the hospital I was given a list of La Leche League Groups and contacts in my area. So I called La Leche League, and the Leader invited me to the next meeting. This may be one of the best things I did for my baby.
At the meeting they provided education and support. They explained supply and demand and assured me that I would make enough milk if I stuck to it. And it was such a warm feeling to see the commitment that these mothers had made to their babies and their confidence in mothering.
That afternoon I went home, put my feet up on a chair, and encouraged my baby to nurse for as long and as often as he wanted. Within a few days everything seemed to fall into place. I knew I was producing enough milk, and I felt 100% confident that I was doing the right thing.
Alex is now a plump, healthy nine-month-old. He still wakes up once during the night and when he does I lay him down between my husband and me and nurse him. When he falls back to sleep one of us puts him back in his crib. He wakes up more frequently when he is teething, and nursing is such a comfort to him.
Sometimes while I'm nursing him I look over at my beautiful baby and at my beautiful husband and I feel that this is the closest thing to heaven that I can experience here on earth. Very often, my husband will say to me: "Thank you for taking such good care of my son."