My baby is almost 9 months already and the question I always get is are you still breastfeeding? and my answer is always “well, YES!”. I know that not all mom breast feed more than 6 months or sometimes not at all. I had set my mind to breast feed for 6 months, well no I think I always said that answer to please the people but in my mind I always though I was going to breastfeed for 1 year. I had the preparation I needed to stayed breastfeeding more than just 6.
I am totally not saying that breastfeeding is not going to hurt because it sure does. The breast get engorged (full of milk), get sore, cracked, and painful. I had a rough start but all the reading and help that I got helped me to continue breastfeeding . All the discomfort goes away with time and the correct latch on keeps the breast and nipple happy. Mama is happy if baby is happy and breast milk is the best for their nutrition and growth. Formula is very heavy and most of the time babies get constipated. Not all mother think like me but breast milk is the right way to go. Think about all the time and hassle your going to safe your self at night from making a warm bottle of formula milk, when you can just whip the breast out and feed.
The thing you need to do to continue breastfeeding passing the 6 months or even to start breastfeeding as soon baby is born are the following. Read educate your self about the advantages breast milk has. I read The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, by La Leche League when I was pregnant AWESOME book. It teaches all you need to know from why, where, what and who it helps. The next thing is to have all you need when you are already breastfeeding; like breastfeeding pads for the links and Lanolin ointment for sore nipples because lets face it “IT’S GOING TO HAPPENED”. The last thing is to get help from a breastfeeding consultant they are great when the book doesn’t have the answers they sure will and is ladies that have breastfeed before so you’re not getting just any girl.
Breast milk is liquid gold as they always say on the book. I feel like my baby was covered more from being sick and if she got sick she would heal faster. If breast milk is liquid gold I though I should feed my baby girl with all I can give her. Not only that but because for some is so hard to latch on the baby just to not feed them as long as possible. The breastfeeding consultant get very happy when a mother get to 6 months and extremely happy when that mother continues breastfeeding.
Check this video out where I explain and show you the things yo need.