Monday, August 3, 2009

Breast Feeding Mama- Part II

In honor of World Breast Feeding Week (thanks Em!) I decided I should do a post on nursing Izzy. Now, I understand that some people aren't all about breastfeeding, or even if they are, they don't think woman should flaunt it in public. I disagree, but I am respectful of other people when out and about (love my hooter hider!). And I do understand that our society sends mixed signals about it and why people could be uncomfortable. So- if you are uncomfortable with nursing/breastfeeding pics, don't read further. But please, no negative comments. This is my blog, so if you don't like it you can leave :) Again, not wanting to offend anyone, just wanting to jot down the memories of this special time and bond I have right now with Isabella.

I had quite the ride nursing Jessica. You can read about it here (you have to scroll down a bit)
Luckily, its been much MUCH easier with Izzy. She nursed, and actually latched on, with in a half hour of being born:

Isabella nursing for the first time

We had a little hiccup since she had to go to the NICU. They didn't want Izzy to nurse for a few hours because they didn't want her to inhale the milk into her lungs. I had to pump, and yeah- talk about depressing a woman! Now I understand why its so hard for woman with babies in the NICU to keep nursing, its so hard when absolutely nothing comes out but just a teeny tiny bit of colustrom- not even enough to get into at bottle. Luckily I only had to do that once, I came in and nursed Izzy all the other times

Nursing Izzy in the NICU

Anyways, then we had to use tubes taped to my boob that we pushed some formula through to get Izzy to nurse and get food (since she was so big she was also soooo hungry!). Luckily we were able to stop that with in a day of coming home.

Once home it only took about a week before her latch was so good I was able to nurse laying down- and get some sleep!

She did a lot of nursing/cluster feeding the first few weeks. And basically used me as a pacifier.

Now she's finally not living on my boob! And we both have nursing down pat ;)

A few of my other nursing pictures

The next 2 pictures were taken by my friend Carol
Izzy nursing at 1 week old

My view. This picture breaks my heart- she was so little then!

Isabella's favorite place to sleep

Getting used to nursing a baby and entertaining a toddler

Wearing Izzy, and nursing her at the same time!

Out with the family at the

Nursing Izzy

My view now:

Yep, she's a breast fed baby through and through!


  1. It's funny, I dont really understand why people get so offended about breastfeeding??
    Your pics are beautiful though

  2. I think breastfeeding is one of the most generous and loving expression of motherhood .. your pics are wonderful! :)

  3. Those are beautiful, and extremely tasteful, pictures of your special time breastfeeding Izzy. I'm so glad to hear that it has been better/easier this time around. I too had a difficult time with my first baby, but we hung in there for four months! I'm really hoping baby number two and I can figure it out quickly!!