Saturday, December 4, 2010
5 months deep in this...
"Breast-feeding is sometimes considered a lifestyle choice, but Bartick calls it a public health issue."
This is from an article that my sister-in-law forwarded my husband who then forwarded it to me (isn't technology great?), that says that "breastfeeding could save lives and money." I like those odds. Because today my daughter turned 5 months old, which means, drum roll please...I have been enduring breastfeeding exclusively for 5 months now! Woo hoo!! Five, as in, The Jackson 5, Hawaii Five-O, high five, five members in your average boy band, the five sense, the five elements in nature, five fingers and toes, Five Guys Burgers and Fries... Yeay for me, and yeay for my baby who is super charged healthy from her Chichi Powers. If I think of all the stress and tears and pain and sleepless nights I have been through by committing to breastfeed, 5 months is a long time yo. But guess what?? I am almost halfway there, 50% done! Aaaand, in exactly one more month, 31 more days, we get to introduce the magic word: SOLIDS! Hurray! I am so so happy that I have stuck to my breastfeeding goals for my baby girl, and that I will make it through the first 6 months with only feeding her breastmilk. Remember my post "Oh the highs and lows of breastfeeding"? And how I talked about Homer Simpson's “the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles!"? Well, today I am going through a dizzying high with this breastfeeding b***h thank you very much, woooh! So please please, hang in there with me if you're breastfeeding too. WE CAN DO THIS! I wish I had some champagne to celebrate. No no, I will do that when she turns 6 months. I see a Sofia Coppola Champagne in my future (around my breastfeeding schedule of course) :-)
Now, I will still continue to breastfeed her pues claro, but I hear that when you begin to introduce solids, it takes the stress off of breastfeeding a little, because now the baby will get full on the solids which they eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Note to self: research introducing solids and making homemade baby food. And you know what else, deep down inside, I really believe that I will go past my one year mark. That I will actually continue to breastfeed my little bambina a lil' longer than one year. Call me sadomasochist, but all the torture I have endured is well worth the health benefits my daughter has gained from me choosing this route. We shall see. For now, I am so thankfully enjoying this milestone while my little chica is doing her tummy time and trying so hard to crawl. Love. Hearts. Joy.
Oh, by the way, here is the link to that article I mentioned which was published by USA Today "Breast-feeding would save lives, money." Now go on wich yo' bad self and yo' Chichi Power! I LOVE all my breastfeeding, Chichi Power using mamas out there!!