Breastfeeding Photo Session - Cassie Leigh Photography- Sarasota, Florida
The first breastfeeding session I ever did was with Graham. I struggling nursing him and was given some not so good advice, "it's supposed to hurt." My experience with nursing him was rough so when I reached 6 months I was full of joy. Cassie Leigh Photography in Sarasota, Florida was offering mini nursing sessions. I have a large version of one of these photos hanging in my living room. They were so empowering for me. She is am amazingly talented photographer and is now a mom herself. You can follow her on Instagram here.
Nursing Graham was a process. I didn't understand the first thing about breastfeeding. You can hear everything in the world about nursing but until you actually jump in and do it you can not possibly understand what it is actually like. I was told he had to nurse for 20 minutes each side, he had to nurse on a schedule, he had to be woken up to nurse at night. My husband was instructed to physically force him to nurse. I would support Graham and Tyler would hold his head facing my breast so he would be forced to eat. Looking back it was unbelievable. I was told it was "supposed to hurt" and basically to suck it up. After a 40 hour natural child-birth I was determined to not let a little thing like nursing get away from me.
We had sleepless nights as I always made sure he ate on his schedule, that he slept apart from me in his bassinet. Graham is a fantastic, independent 5 year old now and while I don't think I scared him I can see now that he had a very different experience as an infant than his sister and brother after him. It wasn't until my education as a CLC and further researching that I gained the confidence I needed when Isla came along. You can't possibly spoil a baby but everyone said I could so I put him down more than I would of if he was born today.
My breastfeeding relationship with Graham ended up being a 3.5 year experience. I ended up nursing tandem Graham and Isla for a time. From about 2 on he only nursed for seconds in the morning and at night but those cuddles were special for us.
Read Graham's at home birth story HERE
(Subject for a separate post: nursing toddlers and how they benefit from it.)