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In Their Own Words: Real Women Share Their Breastfeeding Experiences

I had a phenomenal experience.  I nursed our daughter for 21 months, all while being a doctoral student and maintaining a full-time career.

Upon her birth, the doctors suggested that I supplement my breastfeeding to combat my daughter’s rapid weight-loss.  I was immediately concerned that they wanted me to resort to infant formula.  Determined not to jeopardize my breastfeeding success, I immediately contacted the lactation nurse and she assisted me in expressing my colostrum.

While nursing my daughter, my husband and mother used a small pipette syringe to dribble colostrum into her mouth while she suckled at my breast.  This technique rectified the issue; her weight rebounded and she has never had a drop of infant formula in her life.

-Ericka A.

4 Responses to “In Their Own Words: Real Women Share Their Breastfeeding Experiences”
  1. Briana Scott says:

    Thank you for providing this story! This really confirmed we are “wonder women”. Wow, breastfeeding while obtaining an doctorate degree and maintaining a full-time career! This is a story all women need to hear, because most of us who are career and goal orientated and battle balancing motherhood.

  2. Patricia says:

    thank you for posting this! I’m so inspired because I think it’s important for women of color, particularly African-American women to understand the benefits of breastfeeding, and to just be more knowledgeable about pregnancy, child birth and parenting in general. We must spread this information and help for healthier, happier children. As someone of mixed ethnic heritage I know my cultures encourage breastfeeding, but in America we as black woman are taught to cut corners with our children. Don’t worry about getting pregnant, don’t worry about pregnancy, heck- don’t worry about our kids. It’s disgusting to me! God bless you for posting this, and for the creator of this website. You’re changing our world. ^_^

  3. Isis Umana Walters says:


    I just wanted to post a different experience 🙂 My daughter was born 2 months early. She was in the NICU for 2 weeks, and I was in the hospital for a week. The doctors told me that I probably wouldn’t be able to breastfeed because she was premature, and I had an emergency c-section. I was going to have a home birth, and I had a midwife and a doula, that didn’t work out, and I was not about to give up breastfeeding too. I rented the hospital pump and pumped every 2 hours for 20 minutes. In a day, a tiny bit of “liquid gold” came out! I was so excited. I went home a week before my daughter did, and I continued to pump and freeze the milk for her arrival. I would also bring milk to the NICU every day, so that she would only have breastmilk. That worked out well. When she got home though, because she had been bottle fed at the NICU, we had a tough time actually breastfeeding. She wouldn’t latch. Because I had to go back to work, soon, I figured by the time we got the hang of breastfeeding, I would have to bottlefeed anyway. I decided to exclusively pump. I returned to work, and I have my own office so I pump 3 times here. Though we didn’t get to have the breastfeeding experience, the benefits of breastmilk are equally important to me, and I’m proud that I can provide her with it.

  4. Sarah Koszyk says:

    This is a great post! It’s so important to get out the value and benefits of breast feeding and show how real women are doing it even with a career. Thanks for spreading the word! It’s important for others to realize how using formula is expensive and the woman doesn’t lose weight as fast among so many other health benefits to the baby.

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