I am not going to even lie to you.  I had no concrete plans on
breast feeding.  Yes, I had the Medela Pump In Style Advance on my
registry, and I purchased it ahead of time, but I still had lingering
hesitations on doing it.  Why? Sheer ignorance. Plus, no woman in my
immediate family has done it.  I mean my sister did try it, but felt it
wasn’t for her, so she ended up stopping – early. 
So yeah, I didn’t have plans on sticking to breastfeeding, especially as
long as I have.  I set no goals, and I
went with the flow.  As long as mini me
was healthy, happy, and well fed, and then so was I.  Not setting a goal has led me into the
extended breastfeeding realm, which I don’t mind. 
Would I
say setting a goal is important?
For me setting a goal wasn’t important; not setting a goal didn’t hinder
my breastfeeding experience.  However,
some people may need a little more structure in order for them to stay on track. 
There are people who believe that having a preset goal for how long you
want to breastfeed can help ensure that you won’t stop early if you begin to
have problems. If you do have a goal, and a problem occurs (baby not latching,
milk not coming down etc.), you can get help to make sure you meet your goal
whether it is 1 month, 6 months or 12 months.
If you do decide on setting a breastfeeding goal remember that the
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that ‘breastfeeding continue for at
least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mutually desired.’
Breastfeeding isn’t for everyone. 
I will say, as with anything else, do not knock it until you try
it.   If you find yourself, overwhelmed,
too tired, and your baby isn’t thriving as much as he/she should, get
help.  If help doesn’t work, then you may
have to stop.
Did you set a breastfeeding goal?  
Do you think setting a breastfeeding goal is important?
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Kim is a 30 something Brooklyn, NY native, currently enjoying Long Island suburban life with her husband and two daughters. She not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also shares her love for the things that she finds beautiful: her love of family, travel, cars, and makeup and skincare on Beauty and the Bump NYC. In addition to that, she is a writer for A Girl's Guide to Cars. Now, if that wasn’t enough, she also took on the role of class parent for her daughter's 3rd-grade class. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she gets it all done with style, grace, and of course, beauty.