Virgin Mary breastfeeding Jesus

Virgin Mary breastfeeding Jesus
Nursing Madonna (wikimedia commons)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The One Year Mark

I just realized that it has been a few weeks since I posted on the CNML blog.  My goal is to post once per week.  If you, my readers, have any suggestions for blog posts or if you would like to submit a post, drop me a line at gina@catholicbreastfeeding.org :)

My baby daughter just turned one year old a week ago.  Even though she is not my first baby,  there is something about that one year mark that brings me relief and a sense of accomplishment.  I feel relieved, because she did not succumb to SIDS or contract a serious illness like RSV.  I try repeatedly to follow the Scripture verse, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."  However, I am weak in this area and still worry from time to time.  

There is also a sense of relief that I made it through early babyhood and all that entails!  She is crawling and standing now.  She can share a lot of what our family eats each day.  She is really growing up.  I am not so much on call anymore.  Of course, it is a little bittersweet, too; babyhood is such a unique time of life.  However, we should try to enjoy all the stages of our children's lives.  Of course, that can be tough when the 4 year old is having his second melt down of the day!

I feel a sense of accomplishment that I birthed a baby and nursed her for a whole year!  Our first year nursing went relatively smoothly, and I look forward to our continued breastfeeding relationship.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A New Breastfeeding Mother's New Year's Resolutions

1.  I will rest when baby is sleeping.
2.  I will drink to thirst.
3.  I will eat when I am hungry and try to eat healthfully.  However, I realize that a perfect diet is not necessary for me to breastfeed my baby.
4.  If a friend offers to make me a meal or to wash and dry some laundry for me, I will say "YES!"
5.  I will let many of the non-urgent household chores go for a while and just work on on or two manageable jobs each day.
6.  If I need breastfeeding help, I will call a volunteer breastfeeding counselor or lactation consultant right away.  She will be happy to help me.
7.  I will watch my baby, not the clock in terms of how often to nurse her.
8.  I will listen to my mothering instincts and remember that I am the expert on my baby.
9.  I will join the CNMLchat yahoo group for friendship, encouragement and spiritual support from other like minded Catholic nursing mothers.
10.  I will email gina@catholicbreastfeeding.org for a new mother goodie bag.
11.  I will peruse the CNML website for ideas about nursing in church, what the seven standards of ecological breastfeeding are, and internet links about cosleeping, the Holy Family Institute, NFP while nursing, La Leche League, and the Our Lady of La Leche shrine.
12.  Last, but not least, I will enjoy my baby :)