The day Olivia turned 6 months, I was all smiles for pretty much the entire day.
Just the thought that I have managed to breastfeed her exclusively for 6 months was enough to make me want to run out and celebrate in a big way.
Yay! YAY! YAY!!
And while I am at it, let me put this down too....
Not even a drop of formula!
This may not mean much to many mothers who breastfed for much longer time, but to me, it is a BIG deal.
Whenever I think of my motherhood journey so far since the birth of my first-born, one of the very few things that I regret is not being able to breastfeed my boys for longer than I did.
Health and nutrition reasons aside, to be able to breastfeed my child is more like a milestone that I want to reach, as a mother. I want to be able to tell myself proudly that I have given my very best effort, to provide my kids with the best. It is, in my mind, one of my ways of loving them.
When Olivia was born, I didn't even dare to consider if I would make it past 3 months, though I really hope I could. I just knew I didn't want to express exclusively like I did for the boys. If I had to this time, I would regretfully but certainly give up within weeks.
Olivia is nearly 7 months old. And I am still nursing her and enjoying every bit of the experience. :>
I consider every extra day from now on a much cherished bonus. *.*
And I must thank (in no particular order) Su-San, Leng Leng, Karen L and the hubby! Without you, I would not have made it this far.