In Australia they're debating whether or not babies like ours should even exist. People all over the globe who've never even spent one minute in the presence of an individual with Down Syndrome believe it is their right to make decisions for potential parents without providing, or allowing them access to any information that might make them think that a child with Down syndrome could enrich their family, could lead a happy productive life, could strengthen their marriage, could melt their heart with a smile, and could make a parent feel complete in a way that made them realize they didn't even know they were missing something in the first place.
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World Breastfeeding Week post-Early days of milk production. I cried sending this picture to my husband from my hospital bed. My son was down the hall, born 7 weeks early and not really ready to drink the milk my body wasn't even ready to produce. I was so fearful I would never even get a drop. @kristyzadrozny had sent me a video teaching hand expression which I had never even heard of before entering the hospital, and it helped me get my milk going in the absence of a nursing baby. Nurses, lactation consultants, family members, and my husband all provided support and encouragement. My start was slow and rocky to say the least. Such starts often discourage mothers from breastfeeding. My son and I are fortunate to have had an amazing support system.❤️❤️❤️
Today is the first day of World Breastfeeding Awareness week. You can expect more such posts. This picture was taken in December of last year. And here is our breastfeeding story.... Strikes against breastfeeding:
1. Born premature
2. Lengthy hospital stay including various surgeries precluding his ability to eat
3. Full-time working mom
4. Down Syndrome
5. Insurance that doesn't cover lactation support in any way -
I was even told by a lactation counselor at one point that there was likely no hope he'd ever be able to feed directly from my breast. But here we are, after an extremely bumpy start including almost five months of exclusively pumping. For nearly nine months the only food he knew was my milk, and now at 19 months, he only nurses a few times a day and eats a wide variety of foods. Breastfeeding hasn't been easy for us, but it has been rewarding. I love this amazingly resilient boy.