Breastfeeding Awareness Month

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month. I was able to nurse both of my daughters and will try my best to describe the joy I felt doing this. With my older daughter, I had to stop at four months because I had to take prescription medication that was harmful to her. I was heartbroken and even tried not to take the medicine but my health was at stake. With my younger daughter I nursed her for 13 months.

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Breastfeeding is the best food for your baby. It has all of the nutrients needed and it helps baby to not get sick because of the antibodies in breast milk. I saved a lot of money because I didnt have to buy bottles, formula, and all of the things that go along with bottle feeding.

But for me, the boding with my daughters was the best. This is what is so hard to put into words. It makes me so emotional just thinking back on it and its been 9 years. Part of it is knowing that I was able to nourish my children from my body. That was empowering. But the bonding is the closeness I felt, the times when my daughters would look up at me and give me direct eye contact and I felt overwhelming love, the times when I could soothe them with nursing. I really didnt mind waking up in the middle of the night to nurse. It was our special time together. And theres nothing like it in the world.

Even eBay is taking part in Breastfeeding Awareness month by providing eBay Giving Works listings that support La Leche League. Go ahead and check these listings out.

La Leche helps women be prepared for breastfeeding and provides help and support during breastfeeding. With my first daughter, breastfeeding was a bit taboo. My doctor didnt tell me about it while I was pregnant and I didnt know anyone who nursed their children. But I happened to learn about La Leche during a college class. I was so intrigued that I went to a meeting while I was pregnant. The first meeting got me hooked. I believe it was meant to be.

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