I only have time for a short post today, but I just wanted to mention that I have been lucky enough to find my local chapter of La Leche League. I was a bit reluctant at first, thinking it might be a bit too crunchy for my taste, but I was thrilled to find a welcoming little bunch of ladies, all of whom seem to be willing to let me talk my head off. (I think it’s obvious that I’ve been starved for mommy-camaraderie. I’ll have to work on that.) This was my second meeting, and I couldn’t appreciate it more!
Important take-aways from last night’s meeting:
– Finn’s tugging, pulling and biting are not reasons to stop nursing. With a little gentle prodding, they are easily corrected.
– Finn’s constant distraction is also not a reason to quit nursing. I need to take him to a quiet, calm area to nurse until he gets through this specific part of his development. If he’s hungry enough, he’ll eat.
– No worries about solids. A little bite of cereal here and there at this point is just fine, and will be for a while. Offer, but don’t push.
– My mother’s intuition is the single most important tool I have, and I should tune in to it whenever possible. This includes all the issues that other folks like to challenge, like feeding, weaning, doctor’s visits, cosleeping, babywearing…everything.
And most importantly, I learned that I am not alone in my parenting mindset. Having like-minded moms to provide support, consider each other’s ideas and reinforce oft-shaken confidence is priceless, and I learn so much from each one of them. I believe the old saying that it takes a village to raise a child, and I’m so happy to have these women in mine!
Plus, I don’t have to nurse him in the bathroom when I’m there (although I’ve vowed not to do that anywhere anymore.)
Breast is best!