mommy post | breastfeeding
morning ladies! as some of you may know, august is national breastfeeding awareness month. since i am obviously a new mom, i wanted to bring attention to this.
once we found out we were pregnant, i knew right away that i wanted to breastfeed. i was the 1st in my group of friends to get pregnant, so i didn't really have anyone to go to for advice. my husband & i signed up for a class at a local hospital, which was very informative. it was nice to hear all the mom's experiences & what they hope to do different during their current pregnancy.
when Mila was born, she did not want to latch onto anything. she was exhausted, and rightfully so! we tried to help her to latch on me, but she wasn't exactly sure what to do. the nurses were worried so they tried to give her some formula, which i told them i wasn't opposed to, if that's what needed to be done. but she didn't want that artificial nipple either. little princess.
i began to pump to help bring in my supply. at first, just the colostrum was coming through - which the nurses said was the "best" for newborns, so i felt good about that. she eventually latched onto me - finallllly!
each nurse gave me different tips on how to hold Mila while she was feeding. we tried them all, and eventually found the one that worked best for her & me. she was eating great, about 12-15 minutes total, which was great for a newborn (or so i was told).
she loved to sleep, so we would have to wake her up to eat, which i stopped doing when we came home. if she wanted to sleep, i would let her sleep. she would tell me if she was hungry.
i was super nervous coming home without a nurse, mine were so amazing in the hospital. i wasn't sure i would be able to properly nurse my baby without the assistance of a nurse, but we did great!
in the hospital, i had asked the nurses if Mila was "tongue tied", since she wasn't latching onto anything. they informed me that she was not - but i had a feeling she was (i worked in a medical office prior to becoming pregnant, so i was familiar with the procedure). at Mila's first pediatrician visit, we were informed that she was tongue tied. MAMA ALWAYS KNOWS! we went to my old office the same day & she had it taken care of.
after that, her latch was so much stronger! she was able to eat more - which hurt me, but i knew it was better for my baby. after a few days of her super sucking, it started to be painful. i used the healing balms, which helped a little. every time she would latch, i would cringe the first few sucks because it was so painful.
i was told at the breastfeeding class, "if it hurts, you're not doing it right" .. so of course i thought i was a failure. i don't think i was doing it wrong, i was just a mama who's nipples were being sucked off every 3 hours. can ya blame a girl?!
once my husband went back to work after his bonding leave, it was really hard to keep up with breastfeeding. when he was home, he was making my meals, feeding me, and making sure i was taken care of. but when he went back to work (14 hour shifts), it was all me. i wasn't eating/drinking like i should, which in return, dwindled my milk supply. i tried to best, but at 6 weeks - my supply was pretty much over.
at around 3-4 weeks i started pumping because i wanted to build up my supply & store some for when we went out of the house. i honestly think that pumping messed me all up. i would pump 5-7 ounces at a time, but then when she would need to feed, i felt like i didn't have anything to give her.
i cried of course, but knew from the beginning that i was open to whatever happened along the way. i am a very go with the flow type of person, so i accepted it & moved forward with my beautiful, healthy daughter.
my mommy tip for breast-feeding: do what you feel is right. keep a supportive group of people around you & do your best to stay positive, no matter what the outcome is. your baby needs your love, which can be given from your breast, bottle, or formula.