Long-term breastfeeding, How do I manage?
For many mothers breastfeeding longer than the first 6 months of their baby’s life is un imaginable. Yet, there are many mother’s out there that do continue to long term-breastfeed, and absolutely love the bond they have created with their child.
Many mothers miss the freedom of their daily lifestyle after 6 months of breastfeeding including the occasional glass of wine here and there. This is totally normal and natural. Some mother’s need to head back to work as early as possible while others take or even quit their job to spend more time with their little one. This all depends on the mother and the father.
One option that is very popular today is breast pumping. Through this the mother is flexible and can allow the father to feed the baby with her pumped milk while she is at work. When the mother comes home she can breastfeed the baby as well and plan her feeding accordingly.
As the baby gets older little amounts of food can be introduced and tested. Many babies love porridges and start to crave them more than breastmilk. If this occurs, the mother can alternate and plan the babys meals and breast feedings according to her time and slowly wean off of breastmilk if she desires to stop.
Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing and whoever gets to experience the close bond with their child should be thankful for such a natural way of providing nutrients to your child. Most importantly, you should never forget the wellbeing of yourself. You need to take care of your body and your needs as well. If you decide to stop breastfeeding and take time for yourself then that is perfectly fine. If you decide otherwise and want to remain breastfeeding then that is also a decision you made for yourself and the wellbeing of your child.
If for any reason you ever decide to start introducing Formula to cover for BF please choose ONLY ORGANIC and NATURAL FORMULA.