This post was written by our co-founder, Anne. Her twins are due very soon - stay tuned for updates on this new adventure!
I missed World Breastfeeding Week. I tried to write this post but never finished it, mostly because I cannot concentrate on anything for longer than a few minutes. That's because I'm pregnant again - with identical twins. I still laugh every time I get an ultrasound because I think, "Oh wow, there's still two in there!" Not sure when it's actually going to feel real, but for today I'll try to focus.
My daughter Grace is almost 2. When I was pregnant with her the birth center where she was born required that I take a breastfeeding class. No problem. I knew that I wanted to breastfeed, I learned some good information and figured we'd be all set. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Breastfeeding is natural, but there's also a learning curve for both mom and baby that I just was not prepared for. And, just like labor and delivery, there's all this stuff that no one tells you, like you should wear a bra and nursing pads to bed lest you wake up to find your shirt and sheets completely soaked from leaking. Or that if baby is nursing on one side your milk will come down on both sides and might just spray out everywhere. And, of course, it's all about the latch. My daughter did not have a good latch and let's just say it caused me a lot of pain and suffering. Fortunately, I had a lot of support, we kept nursing and everything was great.
Then it was time to go back to work and I learned all about the joys of pumping. Getting up early to pump a bottle before work; hauling the pump and all it's accoutrements to and from work; finding time twice a day to pump at work; trying to explain to people why my door was closed. I don't miss those days. And I know I was lucky because I have my own office with locking door and I only had to do it for 7 months before summer break rolled around. I follow a few different working-mom breastfeeding groups on Facebook and some of these moms have horror stories. All in the name of feeding their baby the way they want to. Crazy.
There are some protections afforded to working moms who are breastfeeding, but there is still much room for progress. It was great to see that the theme of this year's World Breastfeeding Week was geared towards advancing progress for working moms who would like to continue to breastfeed. Everyone should have the support they need to feed their baby however they want.
That's it for my attention span for now. I'm on to thinking about my next nursing adventure...tandem nursing twins!