Inspiration In The New Year

AJ Cecil-Starlin, Iowa

Editor’s Note: Are you ready to begin 2021 in a positive, hopeful state of mind? You are not alone! So, let’s start the New Year off with one reader’s inspiring look back as she shares a social media post that celebrates overcoming the obstacles she faced in her breastfeeding relationship.

Are you celebrating something about your own breastfeeding or parenting journey? We’d love to hear about it! Send your happy news to Amy at [email protected].

AJ's baby nursingSix Years Ago, December 12, 2014:

“I did it! I never really thought I could, but Eliza and I have been breastfeeding for a year today! An entire year! When she was three days old and refused to latch, I was sure that I wouldn’t succeed at breastfeeding again for the third time. I cried when we had to supplement because she hadn’t had a wet diaper in 12 hours. We battled a nipple shield and bad latch and eight awful weeks of mastitis. We survived having the abscess drained and five days of a surgical drain and avoided thrush over 10 weeks of antibiotics! I know what made the difference this time: all the support I had is what got us through. Thank you all for supporting and encouraging and making this such an enjoyable year! Cheers and here’s to another successful year (or two)!”


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