by CAT DAVIS, 3 Kids and Us
Million Moms Challenge Blogger
A little over three years ago I was surprised with my third pregnancy (that went to full term). It was also, not coincidentally, the same time I became a blogger. My life was about to change dramatically in ways I had never imagined, not counting the constant morning, afternoon and evening sickness.
You see, aside from knowing we would need a bigger car, the financial stress another child would be for our family and all of the other little things that were about to change, the hardest part of all of it was knowing the bond between my first daughter and I was going to change prematurely. For the first time as a mother I was able to breastfeed my baby beyond the first few months. I had hoped that my daughter would self wean on her terms, when she was ready.
Unfortunately, my body had other plans. Somewhere between the stress and hormonal changes of my pregnancy, my milk supply began to diminish rapidly. By the time I entered my second trimester the milk had practically disappeared and my daughter was forced to find nourishment elsewhere.
Those precious evenings of nursing, stroking her hair behind her ear and singing lullabies were gone. While the hardest part of my last pregnancy was the way it broke the incredible breastfeeding bond I shared with my daughter it was also the miracle that brought my daughter Emmaleigh into my life.
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