Saturday, August 13, 2011
My Journey Begins
My name is Christi. I am a birth doula with an avid passion for breastfeeding. I'm a huge advocate for nursing in public, milk sharing and wet nursing. I find myself talking about the benefits of mom's milk almost on a daily basis. I also talk about how its a shame that wet nursing has become so taboo. I have always said that I would be willing to nurse someone else's child in a heartbeat if they wanted me to. I'd also be more than happy to share milk with other moms. However, I haven't been lactating for over a year now. I talked about it but wasn't actually doing it myself. I read an article a few days ago and it hit me. Instead of just telling other people that it was ok and encouraging them, it was time to lead by example. What better way to show women that there is nothing taboo about cross nursing, wet nursing, milksharing or whatever you want to call it than doing it yourself? I won't lie. I was nervous. I'm still nervous. In the back of my mind, I think a lot of people will think I'm crazy. I brought the subject up to a group of women that are dear to my heart and know me really well. I started the conversation off with "I know y'all are going to think I'm crazy but I'm considering relactating to pump for moms who can't breastfeed". I held my breath and waited for the gasps and exclamations. They never came. Instead, I was shocked by the outpouring support of these ladies. They encouraged me and told me that it was a wonderful thing. Oh I cried. I realize how lucky I am to have such a wonderful support group. Then it was time to pitch it to my husband. Without hesitation he said "Go for it". This is why I married this guy. He supports me no matter what. So my journey begins. I tried to find material on how to relactate without having a baby but there isn't a whole lot out there. I hope to change that. I have found several conversations about adoptive moms inducing lactation so I know it is possible. I'd like to avoid Reglan if possible due to its side effects. Today I'm going out to get fenugreek and mothers milk tea. I've also started pumping. Please feel free to share stories and suggestions because I need all the encouragement I can get! Thanks for being a part of my journey as a wet nurse!