Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The milky way

My interest in breastfeeding began a long time before I was even married, so I thought that now is a good time to write a follow-up post on how we are doing in this area.

The first three days of my baby's life, a time most important to establishing breastfeeding, were spent in the hospital. My baby remained with me most of the time, and I tried to nurse her as much as possible, We had some problems with latch at first, but a brief counseling with a lactation consultant helped a lot.

At first, it was difficult for me to tell whether the baby is actually getting something, but I knew that during the first couple of days, I only have colostrum - which is priceless in its health benefits but isn't supposed to come in large quantities. Then on the day of our discharge, we were on our way home and I felt my breasts becoming increasingly fuller with every minute. By the time we reached home, my shirt was soaked through and I hurried to feed the baby.

Ever since, I have continued to leak on myself, my clothes, my bed, the baby, and anything that gets in the way. I use nursing pads but sometimes they get out of place when I sleep. I also leak "on the other side" during feedings.

On average, little Shira will nurse every 2-3 hours, but she doesn't have a rigid schedule. Sometimes she'll have a "nursing marathon" of every 1-1,5 hours, usually during the day, and sometimes she'll sleep 4-5 hours straight - at night, I welcome this as you can imagine, but during the day sometimes I wake her to feed if I feel I'm about to burst with milk.

We got her weighed last week, and so far, she's growing beautifully. I hope we can keep this up and nurse for a long time. Did you know that in Judaism, a woman is considered "nursing" until the child is two years old? Most women these days wean much earlier, but I thought it's nice to remember.

I love nursing. It's convenient - no bottles to mix, heat and wash; baby's food is always readily available, perfectly fresh and at just the right temperature. And I feel I bond with my child in such a special way while feeding her like this.


Serena said...

Oh dear, Anna! Your post made me laugh! My milk came in so fast and I leaked all over everything within a 20 foot radius! Seriously--who knew the breasts could spray? ;) I had to put towels down on the bed so I wouldn't soak the mattress. I had to have towels underneath the breast that baby was not feeding on to catch the fountains of milk! It's a bit rough at first, but oh-so worth it, as you know!

The second time around should be much easier. The engorgement with Anya went down much quicker--so quick, actually, that it scared me and I thought I was losing my milk. I called the lactation consultant that helped me with my first, though, and she reassured me that it's normal.

I can't even believe how convenient breastfeeding is. I am too lazy to do formula. I welcome each time I get to breastfeed my daughter. It's such a lovely bonding time, and a nice rest for me, too!

It sounds like Shira is sleeping nicely. I'm so glad for you!

I breastfed my first for two years, and I plan on doing at least that with Anya. I love breastfeeding!

MarkyMark said...


I wonder what those women who don't nurse do? Being a guy, I never thought about leaking or the other issues you raised. I was curious, because as far as I know, my SIL isn't nursing; my brother & SIL make the formula, so my SIL has those other issues to deal with. Interesting post...


Shannon said...

Hi Anna,
It is so nice that you are able to do this. There seems to be far more support for it these days. When my mom had my siblings and I, she was discouraged from breastfeeding and was told it was dirty and inconvenient. I think that having to fuss with bottles and mixing formula is far more bothersome. Enjoy this special time with Shira!

MamaOlive said...

I'm glad to hear it is going well with you. With my first baby, I didn't have much milk and hardly ever leaked. But with subsequent babies I have more and more milk. The first few weeks I tend to sleep on a towel to keep from sleeping in a puddle, and I've got in the habit of holding "the other side" tightly while nursing, to help keep things from getting too wet.
Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that you are able to breast feed and that things are going well. I had my little Josiah the day before you had your little girl. Josiah had no problems latching or sucking. The problem was my milk not coming in. I nursed for well over a week and still nothing. Josiah stopped going to the restroom and was always fussy. When I realized what the problem was I put him on formula and he became a completely different baby. I began trying to pump but for some reason I don't have anything. My midwife is still stumped as to why I am not producing milk. Formula is not what I wanted for my son, but I am glad that I have it. Enjoy your day!

Anonymous said...

What I used to do when I was leaking like a faucet was to take a warm shower and express some milk that way, to releave the discomfort. You might want to give it a try when Shira is napping.

Kacie said...

I've had leaked-through shirts, too! its so uncomfortable. Lately, I haven't been as drippy. Maybe our bodies start to figure out the whole "let down" thing and ease up a bit.

Rachel said...

Isn't God's perfect plan for feeding our babies wonderful?!

Lori said...

Congratulations, Anna, I'm so glad things seem to be going well. You and the hubby will be laughing about your private milk stories for years! :)

Zora said...

I absolutely completely support your decision to breastfeed. I'm just offering a suggestion which you may wish to discuss with your lactation consultant.

What about pumping and freezing some of your milk when you are bursting? It can sometimes be a blessing to have some of your own milk stored in case, God forbid, of an emergency which leaves you temporarily unable to nurse or requires you to be apart from Shira.

April said...

My children are very close to turning 11 and 13 and I still have fond memories of nursing them. I did not know any other breastfeeding mothers when they were little, so I was often left wondering if I was doing everything right. I finally came to the conclusion that since what I was doing was the natural thing to do, I should just relax and trust in my body to do what it was designed to do. Congratulations on your new baby and enjoy, it passes much to quickly.

Ways of Zion said...


So glad to hear that the nursing is going so well! I enjoyed nursing our three...but I literally ran out of milk just over a week ago....don't let yourself get to tired! I was so exhausted that I dried up...completely. I'm sure you know that I was so very very upset by this and felt so guilty. Trying to feed Sprout a bottle of goat's milk when all she wanted was Mummy literally put me in tears!

Keep up the good work and blessings to you!

btw Mum & Dad are in Israel right now, and have been for 3 weeks. They even got to interview Yishai Fleisher in Beit-El! So we are very excited about that. If you'd like the link I can email it to you!


steph said...

I loved breastfeeding my girls. I do remember "overflowing" the first few weeks! A side benefit was that I stayed at home alot to avoid leaking in public and to enjoy nursing on demand! Blessing on you and your sweet baby girl!

CappuccinoLife said...

You go, Anna! :)

I love nursing. Excellent for health of both mama and baby. Good for bonding. Simple. I would love it just for the pragmatic benefits that you mentioned. :) No muss, no fuss. I briefly tried pumping in order to bottle feed my baby during church services, but it was awful. Since it wasn't truly necessary, I gave up pretty quick on that idea.

It's not that I haven't had difficulties. I usually reach a point at about two weeks after birth where I am in severe pain. Once that resolves, I'm good for the next two years. :) I also tend to be prone to mastitis which is absolutely miserable. However, those things are minor in comparison to the benefits to the baby and me, so I'm willing to tolerate them.

BellaMama said...

I agree with you completely! Nursing is a wonderful thing!
I didn't have my firstborn with me for the first almost 12hrs and had lots of pain, but I KNEW it would work. By the end of the 2nd week everything finally evened out and I felt like a "natural" at it. With all the other children I had no problems which made for me wanting to nurse as long as possible. (Also the many studies out that show breastfeed babies, and especially those who are for at least 1 year, have a higher I.Q., are calmer and many other things you always want for your children!)

I hope you are blessed with a wonderful length of nursing your baby!!

Dirtdartwife said...

I love nursing. I never imagined I'd use anything else because it just felt so right. Having been on Active Duty with my first, I had to start her on formula at 3 months (although I did continue to nurse when she and I were together). But all my other babies all nursed for considerably longer.

You can get sleeping nursing bras that will help with the night feedings. Easy to slip over the breast to nurse yet still something there to hold a nursing pad in place. There's also pads you can put on the bed (like pee pads) to help prevent soaking the bed. I always leaked out of the other side when nursing and it used to drive me bonkers but I learned that if you press that nipple in just a bit (or just put some pressure on the breast) it will help stop the flow.

Enjoy your wee one! :)

Kari said...

I'm so glad that your enjoying nursing! I nursed my daughter until 13 months, and my little guy is growing very quickly while relying solely on what my body provides. I, too, have some major leaking "issues", and I just wanted to encourage you to try and stay as dry as possible...I ended up dealing with thrush when nursing my daughter,and it was SO difficult to get rid of. I think a big part of it was that I just couldn't change the pads fast enough to actually stay dry (especially at night), so now I just sleep with only a towel across my top and one under me on the bed. It cleared up the problem quickly, and then I don't have to worry about the pads shifting when I slept!

Kelli said...

I *loved* nursing my babies, too. All three of them weaned when they were 15 months and I was really hoping Benjamin would continue a little longer.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. T,
Keep it up. I nursed all 5 of my children and I have an incredible bond with them. Though I always had a problem keeping on weight ( I was overly athletic in school and to this day just pop back in shape without trying) this didn't help with the milk production. In the big city they also didn't encourage nursing a big baby - So my first was a year and the others was about 9months - I wasn't long enough but I can see how strong and healthy they all are. They are slender but solid - as I always was and am. My mom wasn't encouraged to breast feed - I was her seventh baby - though we are all very close to our parents. My mom always was home - there was no question. Though she did tell me a story about one of my sisters telling her "why don't you go to work!!" She was a teenager in a Chicago, IL public school. I believe she wanted freedom from my mom's protective eye. I'm glad she didn't - My parents celebrated their 50th anniversary this past December- I'm sure staying home and being a happy homemaker helped tremendeously - Of course with G-d all things are possible. My mom, though she wasn't fluent in the language and listened to all the experts in the schools, on TV and at the doctors offices, she always displayed her godly role with pride.
Be encouraged because you are a great encouragement to me. If only you knew Anna how special your blog is to me. Bless you and your family.

Mary M

Sheree said...

I just want to say that I think its wonderful that you are breastfeeding your daughter! I was a breastfeeding mama and it truly is the best thing for mama and baby! I also breastfed my children until age 2 before weaning them (and they really sort of weaned themselves). I did want to suggest, if your beliefs allow it?, that you could easily pump the milk into bags and freeze it in case there ever was a time (such as an accident or severe illness) that would prevent you from nursing your daughter. You don't have to have a fancy expensive pump to do it either. Lactation consultants can tell you how to do it by hand so that all that wonderful milk is not wasted on bedsheets and clothing while you are producing so much extra! It may be something that you and your husband could pray about? I am not very familiar with what your beliefs say about it and would never encourage you to do anything that would go against God or husband, though.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anna,
What a beautiful post of this amazing gift!

In my youth and ignorance I had a breast reduction which many in my family did and I followed suit with much encouragement from others.

I was not able to nurse any of my children.There was a small amount of milk but not enough to sustain a baby. I tried to bottle and nurse even just to have that sweet bonding but it was very short.

I love to hear of mothers sharing this blessing. I would encourage you to nurse as long as you can, even at two years!

Honestly, I have a two year old daughter right now who in the past seven weeks has stopped being able to swallow solids. How I wish I could nurse her!!

We are waiting to get in for tests and she is pretty much living on milk and a childrens liquid meal supplement.

Blessings to you and little Shira,

Rose said...

Hi Anna,

I am so glad that you are nursing, and that it is working for you. If I may, a little advice: First of all, don't wake her up just because you feel like your going to burst, pump some milk out if you have to, it won't hurt anything, and you will feel better, and it will replenish by the time she wakes up on her own and is ready to eat.

And of course, feed her as often as she wants to eat.

Other than that, it sound like you doing GREAT!

Mrs. Lindblom said...

I also have very much enjoyed nursing my babies. A great online resource is kellymom.com.

Marianne said...

Hi Mrs. T - I agree with you so much about breastfeeding. I was attempting to wean my son last week (he's 1), but he's not drinking any milk. I work outside of the home, so this is a real concern. I'm going to continue to breastfeed him for a while until I can get him to drink more independently.

Thank you - as always - for the encouraging post.

Bethany said...

Hi, Anna,
My mom nursed me all through her second pregnancy, even though I was more than 2.5 years old when my younger sister was born. For a few days, she even continued to nurse both of us "tandem-style", before she felt like that was too crazy. :)
Glad it is working out for you!

angela said...

Hey Anna,

This is one of my favorite subjects. I never saw anyone nurse until my step-mom had her last son. I was in my mid 20's. Before then I thought I would never nurse. After I saw what a wonderful experience it was for her I was very interested. It's becoming more common now, but when I had my first if wasn't something any of my friends had done. There isn't anything more wonderful than to be able to nourish your child. It is so awesome to see them grow and know that you are doing that. The bonding experience I have had with my children is amazing. Both my boys wouldn't take bottles, so I was with them round the clock, but that was one of the biggest ways I was changed as a mother because it was not a burden to me like I thought it would be. There are so many benefits I could go on forever. I'm so glad it is working so beautifully for you. There is nothing better... Also, thank you for giving little tidbits here and there about jewish life. It is very interesting to me. Have a wonderful day and thanks for your blog.

His Wife and Their Mommy said...

aww.. I love breastfeeding moms.. I loved it with my girls. I miss it dreadfully..

Bethany Hudson said...

I feel very much as you do about breastfeeding, Anna. I wish you and Shira a long and special nursing relationship. I had intended to breastfeed for at least a year and was rather disappointed when my independent-minded Sophia decided to self-wean at 11 months. I'm hoping this next baby will stick with it longer :)

Lady M said...

I know exactly where you are coming from. We had some serious latch issues with Gideon (high palate made proper nursing difficult). The first 2 months were spent pumping most feedings and using bottles or supplementer feeders while on the breast. But, we persevered and at 4 mos old, he is still completely breastfed. He is 16 1/2 lbs and 26 inches long now, lol! However, with this little guy, I have washed more bottles than I did in my entirety with the older 2, lol!

I still have the leaking issues when I am full or from the opposite side when I am nursing. But in general, I no longer need the pads for the leaks.

We plan to only breastfeed for a couple more months as we have food allergies in our family. But, even after adding in solids, I plan to continue breastfeeding until at least 1 year. My much older 2 (10 ys and almost 8 ys) nursed 18 mos and 15 mos, respectively.

Keep it up and enjoy the closeness that only breastfeeding can give you!

Betsy said...

Your description of excessive milk and leaking made me laugh. The same thing happened to me after the birth of my first child, only mine started the fourth morning when I woke up to huge and swollen to the point that they were hard and extremely painful breasts. I literally looked and felt like I had two cantaloupes hanging off of me. I was constantly soaking through my pad, my bra, my shirt, and sometimes another sweater! I would carry a change of garments with me anywhere I went in the diaper bag. Often I would tuck a clean cloth diaper in the "other side" while nursing otherwise it would drip all over my stomach and clothes. Sometimes even if I was overwhelmed while out and about I would splash water over my shirt to make it seem like something spilled on me, which is embarrassing too but not as bad as having round circles of wet centered right on the tip of my breasts!

It did eventually lessen and I still had plenty to nurse my fine healthy girl with. Then my next birth (18 months later) was very different. I never filled up to the same extreme or leaked the same amount . In fact I was concerned that I was going to be able to nurse at all! But still there is plenty for this new baby now 10 months old and very big and in perfect health. I wonder if because my pregnancies were so close together that I basically went from nursing one baby to the next if my body still had a memory of the proper amount of milk needed.

Gombojav Tribe said...

I nursed several of my babies well past two years, which means I've tandem nursed an older child and a new baby.

You're off to a great start. You'll have a long happy nursing relationship!!!!

Anonymous said...

I nursed my second child for 23 months (he weaned himself). I wasn't as successful with my first, I didn't have the people around me who could encourage me to continue trying. But it is so rewarding to see their little cheeks and tummys filling out and looking plump, knowing that you are nourishing them from your own body. There is nothing more rewarding at this stage in life.

Anonymous said...

There are some nursing pads that have adhesive backs t them or if you can't find those regualar tape should help. Also about leaking on the "other" side apply a cool wet rag to that side. cold sometime helps to slow the flow. Full regual mild usually does come in around day 3 after the birth.THe overfull feeling should ease up in a couple of months as your body learns to adjust to Shira's needs. Isn't it wonderful how God's design works for mothers and babies. I nursed both of my babies long term. One for 8 1/2 months and one for 12 months. Holly

simplebeauty said...


I love your thoughts on this subject. I tried breast feeding my little darling but lacked the much needed support from my husband to continue. I was very insecure in this area and because I did not feel like she was getting enough, I gave up. I wish that I could say I breast feed her the entire time, however I did the best that I could.

In the future, if the Lord allows me more children I plan on relaxing a little bit more and breast feeding longer :O)

I will say that I was told by my nurse in the hospital that breast feeding increases the mothers chance of NOT getting breast cancer! I'm not a doctor or a nurse but that sounds like a wonderful perk!

May the Lord bless you and your little darling and husband this day!

Simple Beauty

Tammy said...

Fullness, leaking, eager baby... sounds like everything's normal! ;o)

I have always felt that nursing my babies was such a sweet blessing from the Lord. Love those side-benefits, too... no bottle washing or preparing formula!

Something that helps me with the leaking on the "other side", I press the heel of my free hand onto the nipple while my milk comes down, maybe even situating the nipple to one side. It may not completely stop the leakage for a new mom, but it will help.

Kyle, Amanda, and Tobias said...

I love breastfeeding too! I'm the only woman in my family to breastfeed as far as I know and I had heard horror stories. But I truly enjoy it, even those first couple weeks when I was sore.

Oh, and for the nursing pads, you can sew some bigger ones out of flannel/cotton, maybe even with a thin layer of an old towel inside for absorbency. My problem was always that mine shifted at night and so I would wake up soaked. To get it to stay in one place, I even thought of sewing a bit of velcro to the back of some and some to the inside of the bra to attach it to. I never ended up doing it, but if it's a big problem you could give it a try. Oh, and the leaking gets better around 3-4 months usually, I rarely leak now, even overnight.

My son was nursing every 2-3 hours as a newborn too, it was nice to have that loose routine so I could plan the next few hours and always knew when I could fit in a shower or cleaning or packing since we were moving at the time. And a nursing marathon or "cluster feeding" in the late afternoon/early evening is very normal. I always figured if it helped him sleep a little better at night because he had a full tummy I could totally squeeze in a few extra feedings. :-)

Brandy said...

When I had our oldest daughter 5yrs ago, I had no help or support with breastfeeding. I didn't know what I was doing and lost my supply rather quickly. She nursed for a week, then I was in so much pain that I switched to pumping. My supply was gone after 3 weeks.

I was determined things would go differently this time around. I've been nursing our youngest for 4 months now. I am SO HAPPY about this!! I used to leak A LOT too ... and I still do leak ocassionally now, but for the most part that's stopped ... well, except during growth spurt times.

Our youngest still nurses every 2hrs ... she may go 2 1/2hrs and rarely will go 3 hours between feedings. BUT, she's been sleeping through the night (8:30 or 9:30pm to 5 or 6am) most night since she was about 2 months old. That last part of the evening ... from about 5:30pm to 8:30pm, she nurses MUCH more frequently ... getting ready for the long night of sleep, I suppose.

We plan to exclusively breastfeed until she's at least 6 months old, maybe a bit longer ... though she's already showing such an interest in food, so we'll see how much longer PAST 6 months we'll go. We've also decided to let her self-wean instead of trying to force it before she's ready.

I'm so blessed to get to experience what I missed out on with our first. It's such an awesome time!

Adelaide said...

I'm glad the nursing is going so well. It can be really difficult at first. The leaking will probably get better. I leaked horribly at first, but now at 4 months, it's letting up a lot. I slept with a large towel and a rubber pad under me for a while.

Mrs. Rabe said...

I nursed all 6 of my children! It was wonderful and so convienent!

I am so happy for you and little Shira!

Blessings Anna!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your little one, and on your enjoyment of nursing. I well remember the days of feeling like I could never be dry and clean. Over the years I learned that pushing in the unused nipple would signal it to stop producing copious streams of milk until baby was ready for that side. All it really accomplished was my sense of staying a little dryer, but that can be nice sometimes. I nursed my daughter until she weaned herself around three years old. At seven she remembers nursing with great fondness. I would say it has definitely enhanced our closeness. Best wishes to you.

lady jane said...

Very off topic: Any word on who won the election?


Nurse Bee said...

I don't know if they are available where you are, but I totally love the Lansinoh brand of nursing pads.

MarkyMark said...


I don't know whether you should publish my first comment, because it was unclear. What I MEANT to say was how do WORKING women deal with the issues you raised? What do they do about leaking, particularly on the job? How do women deal with morning sickness during pregnancy while at work? My guess is not too well, but that's just me. What do I know? I'm just a man...

I know formula costs money. Not only that, it takes a lot of TIME. You not only take time to make the stuff; you also take time cleaning out the bottles and stuff too. My brother & SIL are using formula for my little niece. It seemed like every day (during my recent trip there) that they were running the bottles through the dishwasher and making a new batch of formula. BTW, my SIL is pregnant AGAIN! I don't know how she manages with working 9-10 hours a day to get the store going in addition to having a one year old and another baby on the way...

You know, as I look at marriage & child rearing issues, I've come to one simple conclusion: staying at home isn't simply the best way; it's the ONLY way. I cannot imagine a woman dealing with all you've discussed (in this and other, recent posts) and hold down a job too, e.g. like my SIL. Is it any wonder why women are cranky nowadays? They're doing things God didn't intend for them to do, and they're doing too much! That's always been a recipe for unhappiness. Guess what? It still is...


Anonymous said...

Oh that is wonderful that they consider a woman "nursing" until 2 years old-bravo!
I have nursed my girls until 3 and my son until 2 1/2 and am now nursing my 6 month old daughter and hope to for at least 2 years:)
Although it can have bumps in the road for some women(I have had thrush will all and mastitis with this new baby) it is SUCH A BLESSING and PRIVELELDGE To nourish and comfort our little babies in this way.

Anonymous said...

Once I got the hang of nursing I loved it too! And you certainly described all the best things about feeding babies this way, Anna: always available, fresh, the right temperature....it's a wonderful thing that God allowed us mothers to nourish our babies this way. And the health benefits as they grow up have been investigated & proven again & again. If at all possible, I believe mothers should give this feeding method a try. :o)


Anonymous said...

Wonderful! I nursed DD#1 until 22 months, DD#2 until she self-weaned (to a paci!) at 14 months, and I am still BF'ing DS#1 who is 30 months old now!

I am so glad to hear that things are going so well.



Wilde Family said...

Ah, this is one of my favorite parts of being a mother. I am nursing my fifth little baby - she's only just three months old and I love to remember this time with my other children. I've nursed longer and longer with each succeeding child. My fourth until 21 months. It is interesting about Judaism considering nursing until two years. I am a more patient and loving mother when I'm nursing - at least I feel it's easier. I just have to work harder at it when I've weaned. God created a wonderful release valve for the frustrations of parenthood in the nursing relationship. Blessings on you and your little daughter, Anna.

C. said...

That's cool about being considered nursing for that long. I nursed my first for that long and am well on the way for that length with my second.

If you apply pressure with your hand or arm on the opposite side while you're nursing it can help stop the leaking. Pressure is your friend. :)

S. Belle said...

I love nursing too, Anna! I'm tandem nursing, or nursing two kids at different ages. I nurse my sixteen month old son at least once a day, and I exclusively nurse my five month old daughter.

My relatives keep encouraging me to wean my son, but he loves to nurse and it breaks my heart to take it away from him. Plus it's a special bonding time with him.

As for leaking, the best thing that I have found is just to press my hand againt the flow and it keeps the milk in. I don't even wear nursing pads anymore.

Cherish this special time with your baby, because it is absolutely priceless.

Karen (Canadian Soldier's Wife) said...

Great job, mama! :) The most important thing to remember while you're in the early months of nursing is just to relax... too many moms start to worry when the baby's demand increases, thinking they don't have enough supply, but God has designed such a wonderful relationship between baby and mother that her increased demands will be met by your body if you just give it a few days to sort itself out. :)

Oh - and the only nursing pads I ever found that really worked well were Lansinoh. If you can get your hands on them over there, I highly recommend them!!

Di said...

Hi Anna, so glad you are finding breastfeeding such a joy. On a practical note, to stop milk going everywhere from the other side when you are feeding, breast shells are really useful. I don't know if you can get them in Israel though... I have such a plentiful milk supply that these shells were invaluable, and I was able to save the leaked milk, and now have a freezer tray stocked with milk just from catching the drips. Also it saved me from having to change my t-shirt 5 times a day!
Hope this helps,

Love Di x

Anonymous said...

I am so glad nursing is going well for you. In addition to all of the wonderful benefits, is the time for the mother to rest! Nursing my two, I felt it was the best thing to do for me!. I hope that you can nurse for 2 years, my two children was 19 mo and 26 mos. My daughter never had a bottle of any kind.
PS I think your daughter is beautiful. Hope you can show us another photo soon! We want to see how she had grown.

Johanna said...

I'm so glad nursing is going well for you! I love, love, love nursing my kids and have been fortunate to have had very few problems with it. It is good to hear that in Judaism a woman is considered nursing for two years. I wish there wasn't so much pressure to wean early. Of course, I've never been one to give in to pressure!

Aelwyn said...

Actually, the World Health Organization recommends nursing for two years.

When I was growing up, we were always told that the story of Hannah, in the Tenach, bringing her child Samuel (age three) to live with Eli, the priest, at the Tabernacle was related to the point of time when he would be weaned. So, I sort of suspect, in the "old days", two years was a minimum.

Deanna said...

Dear Anna,

What a precious time as a new momma you have with your sweet lil baby girl.

How wonderful to know that while you are nursing, the world can go on without you. What you are doing at this very moment is what is important.

As you nurse and bond with your daughter, may you have sweet thoughts.

Wishing you only the best,

SBCE said...

Anna, I love your blog and find it helpful. And yes, nursing is wonderful. It is a privilege to do so and I'm thankful that I've had the opportunity!

Jessica said...

Here in Australia, mothers are encouraged to nurse for 1-2 years. Which is really nice, as it seems that in the USA ( where I am from)that a lot of people think it's strange to nurse past a year, or even less. They also have "parent's rooms" here at all the shopping centers, etc., where you can go to nurse your baby if you wish. :-)

Kimberly said...

Dear Mrs. T.
I found in the early days of nursing regular nursing pads to be next to useless as my body adapted to the ravenous appetite of my babies. I used a thick padded diaper and cut it to fit my needs, it was much more absorbant, and softer.

In a few months this will probably settle down, as the supply and demand part of nursing balances itself out. I have 9 children, and spend a lot of time nursing my 14month old daughter. God in his wisdom, built in time, to rock, cuddle, and pray during this busy moms day, it is called nursing my baby.
Gods blessings~

may said...

I think that you have posted before about sharing breast milk so I thought that you might be interested in this story, which has been the subject of some comment.


Anonymous said...

In response to MarkyMark:

Leaking is really only a problem the first month and even then it can be curtailed with good nursing pads. And morning sickess has varying degrees, I never missed a day of work due to it, while pregnant.

I went back to work part-time when my baby was 4 months old. It's not easy, but we have tried to find a good balance.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna,

As someone who as a terrible time with chronic milk over-supply (see kellymom.com for more info on that) I agree with the previous commenter who recommended Lansinoh brand pads, if they are available in your area. (Or try ordering online, which is what I do.) Now nursing my 3rd little one, I've learned to make the most of my abundant milk by freezing the extra for emergencies. Or just for use after baby has weaned from the breast. I'm so thrilled that nursing is going well for you and Shira, as I remember your previous posts describing your hope for a good nursing relationship. Congrats!