Q | Will you breastfeed?
A | Yes, it’s my favorite thing in the world. Not being able to nurse was my biggest fear with Estela. I had heard that nursing was so much work and that pumping was too hard. But I was determined to try. We did have some problems with her latch and it was pretty painful for a month or so, but I stuck it out and nursed her for 10 months.
Nursing forces me to sit down and spend quality time with my baby. I breastfed Marcelo for 10 months as well and I’m looking forward to giving the new baby the same attention my other two children got.
Q | What advice do you have for new moms?
A | After I gave birth to Estela, I felt like I was being pulled in a lot of different directions. I wasn’t able to answer my emails or return phone calls, but I wanted to be able to do it all.
At the time, I told a friend I felt overwhelmed, and she said, “The only thing you need do right now is sit down, nurse your baby and take care of her. You just enjoy this moment and everyone will understand.”
That was so freeing to me. I let go of the pressures I was creating for myself and relaxed.