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World Breastfeeding Week Book Contest — Winner 2

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Here is the second winner of my book contest …. Heather, of Worcester, MA sent me this breastfeeding story, and as a prize she’ll receive a copy of “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding.” Here’s Heather’s story:
Last night I was on the couch breastfeeding my 5 week old. My 4 year
old was sitting on the couch next to me. All of a sudden she says to
me, “Mommy look at me!” I turn to look and see her mimicking me and
trying to breastfeed our dog. She says to me, “Look, I’m
feeding Rocky!”

World Breastfeeding Week Book Contest — Winner 1

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It’s World Breastfeeding Week, so watch this site for all sorts of stories. To kick things off, here is the first winner of my book contest …. Elizabeth, from the blog The Whole Family. She sent me her breastfeeding story, and as a prize she’ll receive a copy of “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding.” Here’s Elizabeth’s story:

I had my first baby almost 7 years ago. I knew that I wanted to breastfeed from the start. I had read a few books and watched a few videos before the baby was born. I had been invited to a La Leche League Meeting, but I never went. At the time, I thought LLL was a “club” for moms who were breastfeeding successfully or who really liked breastfeeding. The problem was that I was not enjoying my first experience with breastfeeding. I was in pain, engorged, milk leaking everywhere all of the time, tired, and lacking confidence.
I was surrounded by well-meaning friends and family that told me that I needed help with the baby, to go out and have a date with my hubby, to go run errands, to go…go…go…somewhere, anywhere, but near my newborn. They thought they were being nice. I felt pressure to leave the baby and I was miserable. I would pump and leave a bottle, but really I just wanted to be with my baby. I wish that I had the confidence then to follow my gut feelings about things, like I do now. They, nor I, realized that not being with the baby was really messing up my milk supply. I was engorged, got mastitis, thrush, etc… By the time Zoe was 12 weeks old, I thought I should have been in less pain. Things should have been better by then. I just couldn’t bare it anymore. I finally decided to wean her. I was devastated on the inside. I felt like a failure. I went about my way being a formula feeding mother for the rest of her first year.
When I became pregnant with my 2nd child, 15 mos. later, I had heard a little more about LLL meetings. I was determined to be successful at breastfeeding this time around. Successful to me, meant meeting that goal of nursing for 12 mos. When I was 7 mos. pregnant I started attending meetings. The meetings were so wonderful! I received so much helpful information, support, and phone numbers to call for help once the baby arrived. One of the LLL Leaders was also a Doula and was present with me for my birth.
The first few months of Xander’s life were rough. We had a terrible time with Thrush, had a few plugged ducts. and he was a fussy baby. But, my LLL Leaders were just a phone call away. I thought that they would get sick of me calling! I attended every meeting that they had. This time around my experience was so much better! I know it was because of the support I received from LLL. When Xander was almost 1 year old, I started my training to become a LLL Leader. I was stronger this time around. I was more confident in my mothering. Xander nursed until he was 25 mos. old. I was so proud of myself!
I now have my 3rd baby, and he is 23 mos. old and still nursing strong! I am still a LLL Leader and I love helping mothers breastfeed their babies. My story could have turned out so differently if it had not been for LLL. I feel as though I owe so much to them. Not only have I been successful at breastfeeding, but I’ve also learned so much about mothering by being near other moms with similar beliefs and lifestyles. What a blessing, not only to me, but to my Whole Family!

Congratulations Elizabeth! And if anyone wants to submit a story, it’s not too late.

A World Breastfeeding Week Contest

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Want to win a free copy of Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding? In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, I’m giving away 7 copies of my book. So how can you get one? Send me a story about your breastfeeding experiences. I’ll pick 7 winners, and post one story each day during WBW. You can write about anything…pumping in your car; suffering through a bout of mastitis; feeding your baby while exercising at the gym. Anything goes.

World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7

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Some folks call August Breastfeeding Awareness month, but as far as I can figure out, it’s more accurately the time of World Breastfeeding Week. The organizer is the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, and La Leche league plays a big part too.

Click here to find an event in your home state. And if you want to take part in a virtual celebration, enter this photo contest over at Musings of A Crunchy, Domestic Goddess.
And one last thing, oddly enough, the events to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week seem to go on from May through September. Umm, ok.