By Jacqueline Griffin
I am the mom of four wonderful kids- 15, 12, 5, and 7 months old.
I always knew I would breastfeed. To me, that was the normal way to feed a baby.
When I was 17, I had my oldest. He had inhaled meconium and was sent to the NICU. I tried for two months to nurse him, supplemented, but ended up failing. I now know I fell for a lot of false information. In addition my son had a tongue tie that was undiagnosed until he was 11.
At 20 years old, I had my first daughter. I nursed her until she was 13 months. I supplemented a few times while I worked, but I ended up becoming a stay-at-home mom. I weaned her because I thought 1 years old was when you HAD to stop.
Seven years passed and I had my second daughter. I had learned so much more and nursed her till she self-weaned at 3 years and 7 months.
I now have a 7 month old son. It is my plan to let him determine when we stop.