Nursing didn’t come so easy with my first two boys. With Luca, we were both learning together. We did get the hang of it, but then I went back to work, and unfortunately it went downhill from there. My production went down, and I stopped nursing at 4 and a half months. But it was still an AMAZING experience. Then came Enzo. He was born six weeks premature, and was too small to latch, so I exclusively pumped for awhile. When he finally could latch, breastfeeding went really well and we made it to 8 and a half months.
Now with Sonny, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. He latched on the very first time, and it has been a breeze ever since. We are approaching the 11 month mark, and I am beyond thrilled that we will make it to one year. That was always my goal, and to be able to make it to that with my last baby just means the world to me. Since Sonny is my last, I went into this knowing that I wanted to really cherish this experience. So I made the decision to NEVER do this one thing while nursing – pick up my cellphone.
With my first two boys, I would immediately reach for my cellphone when I sat down to nurse. I would text or scroll through social media or check emails. So believe me, no judgement here for those moms out there who do that. I did it too! But for my last time breastfeeding my baby, I wanted to make sure that I savored every minute of it. For those of you who know me, I’m an incredibly emotional and sentimental person. My best friend is already on standby for when I nurse for the very last time – she knows that I will be a wreck!
So this time around, no cellphone. Instead, I memorized every little feature of this sweet boy’s face. I held his hand. Played with his tiny toes. Kissed those sweet cheeks. Sonny has this habit of gently running his hand back and forth across my chest while he nurses. It is the sweetest thing, and I know that I will remember it forever. I can say with 100% confidence that making the decision to not pick up my cellphone, really enriched my nursing experience this time around. So if you’re a total sap like me, I recommend giving it a try. You definitely won’t regret it.