I have not been writing a whole lot about my breastfeeding journey with Hannah, at least not as much as I did when I was breastfeeding Ethan. The thing is, breastfeeding does get easier with the second kid onwards.
Hannah was and still is breastfed from birth till now (she’s 19 months now), and she’s showing no signs of stopping yet. Several people have asked me when I would be weaning Hannah off the breast, but with all the perks and fringe benefits that come with breastfeeding, it’s difficult to make a conscious effort…especially since we recently discovered another PLUS point of breastfeeding.
When Hannah was down with herpangina, the only source of food she would take as she was recovering was breast milk. I have no doubt in my mind that Mommy’s milk helped her tremendously as she was battling the virus. Since herpangina was a highly contagious disease, the doc told us to try our best to ensure Ethan does not come near Hannah.
But we all know that is close to impossible.
Ethan visited Hannah once in the hospital, and a few hours after he went home with Daddy, my heart sank when Pete told me that Ethan was registering a high fever. The next morning, his fever was still prevalent, and when I told the doctor, she advised me that I should give Ethan my freshly expressed breast milk, since I would possibly have developed the antibodies for the disease.
So when we got home from hospital, I expressed a little bit of breast milk for Ethan. It wasn’t even an ounce, I think, for I had just fed Hannah. When I told Ethan I was going to give him breast milk, he said, “I don’t want it, Mommy. Breast milk is for babies!”
I told him I knew that, but since he was not feeling well, the doctor asked me to give him some of Mommy’s milk to help him recover. I mixed the breast milk with his chocolate milk in a cup and he drank it all up. I did this about 3 times that day, and once the following day. By the end of the first day, his fever had totally gone, and he was back to his normal self. And when I was preparing the drink for him the following day, he said, “I don’t need breast milk anymore Mommy, I’m all better now!”
Well, I don’t know if it was coincidence or not, but I do think Mommy’s milk had something to do with healing him. Now wouldn’t you agree that Mommy’s milk the most wonderful thing in the world?