Monday, June 6, 2016

The Breast Files | Aimee




Guys! Can you believe that I finally got this posted?!

Whew!!

Well, this month's featured mama's interview was well worth the wait, let me assure you. She is one badass mama. Not only has she breastfed her FIVE kiddos...she is currently nursing THREE of them!

THREE!!


So, grab yourself a cup of coffee and a snack and let's hear all about this mama's breastfeeding journey, shall we? Plus there are tons of pics of this awesome mama and her cute little ones!

First of all, Aimee, thank you for allowing me to feature you here on Is It Naptime Yet. You've become quite the sensation, as you are the featured cover mom on a popular Facebook breastfeeding group. as well. You're famous for all the right reasons!!

      


Name: Aimee

Age: 30

Profession: Stay at home mom



Number of children and their ages: Five. Ages 9, 7, 4, 2 and 3 months

Before becoming a mom, did you think you would breastfeed? 
It never occurred to me to formula feed. Breastfeeding was a no-brainer and something I knew I wanted to do.


 


How many of your babies did you breastfeed? And how long did they breastfeed for?
Five!!
Abby 14 months
Rylen 14 months
Olivia 4 years
Lilyanna 2 years
Juddy 3 months

How many are you currently breastfeeding?
Olivia, Lilyanna and Juddy

That means you have how many cumulative months of breastfeeding under your belt?
A little over 9 years!! Including singlet, tandem and triandem.

Okay, before we get too far into this interview, I have to stop you. You are tandem feeding...3 little ones?! Which makes it triandem nursing!
You are correct!! (laughs) 


                  
               

 
 

How do the logistics of that even work?
Olivia nurses maybe once or twice a month, so that's not too bad. My 2 year old nurses like a newborn, so I have to make sure that I pump for Judd before I nurse Lilly. Judd will only take a bottle when awake and will only nurse when half-asleep.

Why did you choose to breastfeed?
It's what I thought was normal!

When I was pregnant with Levi, both my midwife and my obstetrician told me to stop nursing Austin because they said it would surely cause preterm labor and complications, not just in my particular case but breastfeeding while pregnant in general. Stupidly, I listened to them. I now know differently. Was your obstetrician supportive of your continuing to nurse through your pregnancies?

They were at first and then told me the same thing. I just kept doing it because I knew my body would tell me to stop [if necessary].


                      
   






Thinking back to when you first had your babies in the hospital, was the hospital staff extremely supportive of your choice to breastfeed or did they seem quick to offer formula?
100% pro breastfeeding this time! The other 4 kids it was about 50/50.

Did you tandem nurse in the hospital? If so, how did the nursing staff respond?


          
I did not see the kids until I was discharged, so no. Buttttt when they found out I had other nurslings at home, they loved it! I was the talk of the nurses' station, especially since my milk was in from Lilly.
 


Did you plan on nursing longer than you did with your kiddos that are already weaned or did you initially plan on weaning much sooner than you did?
I thought 14 months was a lot until I come to today! Nursing 3! (laughs)

Are you planning on letting your current nurslings wean themselves?
Whenever they and I mutually wean.

Did you think that breastfeeding would be easier or harder than it really is/was?
First 4 kids was easy! Judd not taking the breast 100% was really hard. Still is hard with pumping to get enough milk to feed him. Thankfully, I have a supply from the first 3 weeks after he was born!! About 350-ounces currently.

350 ounces?! Holy moly!! That is amazing!




Did you encounter any problems during your breastfeeding journey (such as mastitis, supply issues, etc)?
No supply issues, even while taking antidepressants! Never had a problem there. Have had my bouts with mastitis but that comes with the territory!




Was your babies' pediatrician supportive and knowledgeable about breastfeeding and any questions you had?
Yes!

Did/Do you have a big breastfeeding support system in place?
No, not really. Just my mom.

Did your mom breastfeed her children? Did she encourage you to?
She said she nursed me for a couple weeks but her milk dried up. She was on board however I wanted to feed my children!


Who was your biggest supporter when it came to breastfeeding in the beginning? When it came to tandem/triandem nursing?
  
    
In the beginning, my mom. Now, with tandem and triandem, Tom is! (Tom is her sexy man!)

 
 

What are some tips that you've discovered along the way that really helped with breastfeeding? 
Feed your baby anywhere and anytime and don't think about who is around. If they're hungry, it's perfectly normal!

Along those lines, what's the worst piece of breastfeeding advice you've ever been given?
Someone asking me to nurse somewhere private.

What?! No way!! What did you tell them when they told you that?! 
I just ignored them. Pretty sure I had no balls and it was with Abbie (her oldest) I didn't start standing up for myself breastfeeding in public till I had a toddler and a baby. (laughs)




What's the worst piece of parenting advice you've ever been given?
         

               
To quit having kids! (laughs)



 


A lot of new breastfeeding moms are confused when it comes to buying a nursing bra. What is your favorite brand of nursing bra? 
      

I use sports bras for home and Victoria Secret bras for out. I just fold the cup down to nurse!


                      








Tell us a fun breastfeeding fact about you!
It's the one thing I never gave up on in my life and I am so happy I'm here today on my breastfeeding journey!



What words of encouragement or advice would you have to give to an expecting mama who is on the fence on whether she should give breastfeeding a shot or just go ahead and formula feed?
I think everyone should do what they think is right for their child. Whether it be breastfeeding, formula or pumping. Don't give up! It gets easier!
















                    
Thank you so much, Aimee, for allowing me to interview you and for being one of The Breast Files featured moms!!! You are such an inspiration!!

Keep scrolling down to see more pictures of the gorgeous and amazing Aimee and her little ones!



 
               

       


     













                                                                           


If you or someone you know would like to be a featured mom on The Breast Files, be sure to let me know! The spotlight may shine on you in a future episode!

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