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Breastfeeding – Convenience – Breaks – Working…

Posted on 30 August 2012 by hulda

It is well and truly amazing how breastfeeding works.

My choice in life has been to have my four children and still continue to work. It is very important to me to do both and although like any other mum I would love to have a little more time for my children, I have tried to make the most of it. Now, situations were that way that when I had my last little one, Vaka, I essentially had to go back to work a week later, and although this is not something that I would recommend to anyone, it was all possible with the help of good people, and due to the fact that I could take her with me to work.

Since then, a lot has happened and now working full time, I have been able to fully breastfeed her until she got her solid food. She is around 16 months old. Every day when I come home from work, the first thing I do is to feed her and the first thing in the morning when I wake up also. She pokes me in the eye and waits till I wake, then smiles and moves her lips like a duck, in her attempt to let me know that she wants milk.

Each night I believe I wake up around 1 or 2 times. One is just because I sleepwalk and I need to rescue someone. The second time is to feed. I dont usually wake up much to do this, nor does the rest of the family. It does not bother me at all. And I am not a hippie. Just an ordinary mum. But I know that the day will come that Vaka will not want to do this any more. Other things will take over, which is fine, but until then, I rather like to have her be the first thing i see when I open my eyes.

Recently. I went to Iceland. I assumed that that Vaka would now stop breastfeeding as I left her in the care of my in-laws, without breastmilk or myself. And that my milk would not be there when she came back. So the first thing she does when she sees me is to ask for milk, and amazingly there is enough there to satisfy her. Now, a month later, she still breastfeeds like she was never separated from me for 4 days, twice in a row.

Some days, I go for births that take over 24 hours and leave her at home. Some days, I cannot feed her at all, other days I feed her often.

She is always happy. I am too.

I support many mums and dads who want much more of a routine. I fully understand them and the need for the routine. And now I understand that there are so many different ways to have a routine, and to have a healthy, happy feeding and sleeping schedule.

Inconvenience? Never. Unpredictable? Sometimes. Works out well? Always.

Some days she sleeps with us. Some days she sleeps in her cabinet. Some days the dog sleeps with her. Both are happy.

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