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"Bestmilk"

Susan DeDonato
Monroe CT USA
From NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 23 No 4, July-August 2006, p. 165.

I knew I wanted to breastfeed our baby since before she was born. My desire was so strong for something I knew so little about that I feel I was getting a message: it's the right thing to do. After Ava Nicole arrived, she took well to breastfeeding. She was three weeks early, weighing five pounds, five ounces. When she went in for her first weight check, she weighed just four pounds, nine ounces. Some told me to start supplementing. I didn't use formula; I just nursed her as much as she would take. That meant all the time. And the weight slowly began to come on.

Putting weight on Ava is still a challenge. She is now 16 months old and weighs 16 pounds. To me she's perfect and I am so glad I never stopped nursing. After much reading and receiving continued support from my husband, family members, and friends, I realized that I gave Ava the "bestmilk." We continue to see the benefits.

Now that Ava is almost weaned, I look back and think about the times I wanted to stop. Breastfeeding was one of the biggest commitments I ever made, especially on those nights in the early days when it was hard to sleep and I needed to shower with a bra on because my breasts were so tender.

But the pros always outweighed the cons. Ava was most contented while at my breast. How could I ever take that away from her? Even to this day, it is her favorite place to be. I get so much satisfaction to think that my baby is growing and developing because of the nourishment that my body provides. I feel like the greatest mom in the world.

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