Breastfeeding was one of my biggest challenges when becoming a new Mom. I was always a little worried about it, but after being told numerous times that it would just be natural and work I became less and less weary. However, let me just state for the record it did NOT come naturally for me, AT ALL. This may not be the case for every woman, in fact every single Mom is different, but this was my case and one of my biggest struggles.
Our first breastfeeding shortly after Blake was born seemed to go great! I thought for sure, we’re golden! However, the nurses did 99% of the work for me and let’s be honest they made it seem SO much easier than it would be. After moving to the recovery room where we would be staying for the next 24 hours, we went at it again. The nurse had me try on my own and it was a disaster. I couldn’t get her to a position where I felt comfortable, everything felt awkward. She wasn’t latching and just kept falling back asleep. I was instantly in tears and frustrated. Plus, I had so much pressure on me to get all this colostrum in her because she was so little and her blood sugar was on close watch.
After three more attempts over the next couple of hours a lactation nurse came in. She had to hand express colostrum out and feed it to her in a syringe. I felt like a failure. I couldn’t even feed my baby! What was wrong with me? And then when they brought formula in to supplement her with because she wasn’t getting enough colostrum I was even more of a wreck.
I kept doing my best until it was time to go home, I fed as much as I could and did the best I could to get her to latch. We struggled though because she did NOT want to stay awake long enough to eat and our latch was a mess, so I continued to supplement formula the next couple of days, even after leaving the hospital. She had a little bit of jaundice and again, they kept saying feed her as much as possible. By this point, I was a hot mess and so frustrated with myself. We left the hospital on a Saturday and the following Monday we met with her pediatrician to check on her jaundice and everything. She had dropped weight, which is normal, but she dropped for than 10% which they didn’t like. This is when my little breastfeeding miracle happened.
My pediatrician recommended me to a new lactation nurse. We met with her a couple of hours after our appointment with him. I was beyond full because my milk came in the night before and we hadn’t picked up my breast pump yet, so that drive there was a LONG one.
This lactation nurse was ah-mazing. She instantly showed me what I was doing wrong and she was able to get her to latch on perfectly, though not easily. So, she had Marcus run down to the pharmacy and grab a nipple shield. BOOM. There it was! That nipple shield has saved us. She latched instantly when I did it on my own and has eaten like a champ ever since. As much as I want to wean her off of the nipple shield, if it works, it works and I ain’t complaining!
Well, that’s not it y’all, yeah you thought I was done talking didn’t you? 😉 Nope, that same week on Thursday the babe and I were diagnosed with thrush–talk about PAINFUL. So I thought. Then a couple of weeks later I got mastitis and I truly learned the definition of painful. I’m still dealing with that and it’s really not fun, at all, but we’re making our way through it.
Long story short, breastfeeding wasn’t easy for me. We’re all different. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s not and sometimes it just doesn’t work. That being said, we should all be supporting and loving each other no matter what.
Now, I’ve been asked lots what products I love, nursing bras, what’s helped with my mastitis, etc. So now, let’s chat about that.
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My ultimate, all time favorite nursing bra is made by Milk + Baby. It’s their B.D.A. Maternity + Nursing Bra and seriously the most comfortable bra in the entire world. Plus, it’s way easy to just slide over when it’s time to nurse your little babe! I love that there aren’t clips, clips for me were a struggle for some reason, so when I got this bra I was instantly in heaven!
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What was your experience with breastfeeding?! What’s worked for you and your little babe? Tell us in the comments we want to hear!