My first time nursing ever
My first time nursing was stressful, the nurses were telling me it was taking too long, telling me my latch wasn't correct but not correcting it. They told me I needed to supplement with formula because it was taking too long for her to nurse and her sugars would drop and I wouldn't be able to take her home. I did give in and supplement.
For the last 7 years I have been nursing at least one child. I have breastfed through 2 pregnancies and 1 miscarriage. I have extended nursed Monkey until she was 4. I tandem nursed Monkey and Muffin for 10 months. I am still extended nursing Muffin and Tutu and tandem nursed the 2 of them for 20 months and counting.
Tandem nursing Tutu and Muffin
I nurse on demand, to me breastfeeding cures all, hungry, tired, cranky, upset, bored all solved by breastfeeding. I co-sleep so that it's easier to nurse through the night and I don't have to get up. Seriously I think this is a lazy mom's secret to success.
First time nursing Muffin
Here the baby is sleeping while the older sibling gets their share.
This picture of me tandem nursing the girls cause some controversy a few weeks ago on my facebook page. Almost 4 years after this picture was posted.
Below are my rants on the subject of being told I was brave to post these pictures on facebook. The person who made the comment sent me a private message clarify it was the amount of skin showing that was brave as facebook is such a public forum and not the act of nursing. To me showing this much skin or more to help make the act of nursing normal is acceptable. I know not everyone is comfortable with it but making the act seem normal helps other mothers in the future. I never have shied away from nursing in public with little ones. I don't do extended nursing in public because I don't want to educate others when I am out with my kids but I should if I feel so strongly about the subject. I guess the next time Muffin asks to nurse I will let her. If I talk the talk I should walk the walk.