I have never been much of a resolution maker. I tend to contemplate the year ahead, but I rarely commit to anything!
This year I do have something that I am determined to commit to. I am four weeks away from my due date with my first baby. It isn’t losing the baby weight or getting the babe to sleep through the night by X month. It isn’t to purée my own organic baby food or become a super famous mommy blogger:) My resolution is to breastfeed.
To be sure to attain this goal, here are my specific resolutions:
— Have immediate skin to skin after delivery
— Join my local La Leche League. I want to be surrounded by supportive, knowledgeable women.
— Seek help. I know this most natural and instinctive relationship can have quite the learning curve at the beginning and I want to be ready to tackle any hurdle that comes our way. I have a list of lactation consultants already on hand.
— Breastfeed exclusively for the first six months.
— Embrace this new relationship, even when it seems consuming and overwhelming (and possibly painful). I want to remember to take a deep breath and look down at my little one when it all seems too much. I am nurturing a human being. We are building a relationship of trust and comfort.
— When I am comfortable and confident, breastfeed in public. I don’t imagine I will be going anywhere to soon, having a baby in February in Montreal, but as soon as we start to thaw I want to be out and about! Rather than schedule my life around a feed, I want to embrace the mobility of breastfeeding and get out there.
— Follow my child’s lead in regards to weaning. Reference WHO recommendations and breastfeed as long as is mutually beneficial (this is more of a resolution for 2013!)