In honor of World Breastfeeding Week which is August 1-7th I am looking back on my old breastfeeding posts and remembering how I got to where I am today…going strong at 8 months of nursing.

This post about feeling engorged makes me laugh! When the midnight feedings started to go away it was a pain in the butt waiting for my body to regulate! Reading this just reminds me that I still have to go through that again when I stop pumping before bed. Ouch!

I remember the Mastitis well. The good news is that I didn’t get it too bad. At least I know what to look for next time right?

I can’t believe I didn’t follow up after my Day Away post! The hand pump was a complete bust, but I did bring my Medela pump in style and pumped in the bathroom stall at the theater. It’s hard to be discreet with that noise! Oh is what it is, but I had to laugh. What we breastfeeding mother’s do!

The Breastfeeding Downsides are many, there is no denying that. But the one thing that got/gets me through it all is knowing that I am doing what’s best for my son. That is AMAZING motivation.

I was so proud when I came to the realization that I was “sticking with it” . I have a friend that breastfed for a year, and she is a major motivation for me. I hope I can do it like her. Only time will tell…

Reaching the 6 month mark was a major milestone for me. For some reason that marker was in my head when I began, and to go beyond that is a huge bonus. To be honest I never thought I’d make it this far, and now I can’t imagine stopping.

So many changes happen during the breastfeeding experience. There are ups and downs, and joys and sorrows. You will never hear me say it’s been easy. But if I can give anyone wanting to breastfeed advice it would be this….It does get easier! It’s not much, and if you are going through the sorrows and the downs right now you may want to ring my neck thinking my words are trivial. That’s ok…I would do the same thing!