There has been a lot of talk of breast feeding with in the Facebook mommy world. Yes there is a Facebook mommy world that’s full of talk about the following:
– the color of poop
– the texture of poop
– how many times baby is pooping
– baby’s first poop on the toilet
– types of bottles
– circumcision ( I won’t get started on this one )
When it comes to the matter of breast feeding growing up I had no idea what it was. I truly thought all babies were to drink from a bottle. So naturally when I got pregnant with C it was lets look at bottles. Well going to Target in the feeding aisle looking at all of the bottles I saw these things that looked like torture devices called breast pumps. Going home I did research … And there is was breast feeding. So I took every class I could and read all of the books I could…..
My vision was in place after giving birth I would beautifully have my child on my chest and just start to nurse getting off to a great start then happily ever after….. WRONG!!!!
After C’s birth he nursed great, then the second day in the hospital he screamed and seemed to never stop nursing. I called the nurse in and begged her to take him to the nursery …. That never happened. She said ” oh this is normal just continue to nurse him.” She never bothered to explain newborns cluster nurse to help your milk come in…. That night I resented my newborn. I sat and thought this is what was not explained in my classes or books wtf.
Off we went home my milk finally came in everything was great until he started breaking out and colicy. I was told oh cut everything out your diet except fruit, veggies and meat. Then it was oh add this formula ( which made things worse). Then when I thought everything was fine we battled thrush. My nipples burned constantly. Finally after discovering gentian violet (purple nipples but is awesome!!!!) things were great….. Until I had an ectopic and landed in the hospital for two days. Separated from my baby not able to pump, my desire of wanting to speak to an LC were denied. My supply went down and I just gave up. Oh and I didn’t mention my fear of nursing in public so that also hurt my supply.
Then I found out I was pregnant with Lyam. I was determined to EBF for at least a year. So far we have hit a few walls but get over them. Yet the difference having a group of moms I can call on for support. S who is a friend and was also my doula has been a great help answering my question when she figures out that her phone has a text on it.
Yet the things we have over come …
NIP – with C I was terrified to nurse in public with L I could care less. At a recent hockey game I went to with my friend L and brought little L with. I was worried about the guys behind me seeing my nipple. Well my friend L said ” Iola I think everyone at this point has seen your nipple, it’s a nipple they will get over it. ” I don’t know I how to take that statement of everyone seeing my nipples but who cares at this point.
Gassiness- we still have the problem but taking out dairy helped!
Distracted nursing- wont ever go away apparently babies think your nipples are meant for stretching lone distances as they look for the new noises they hear.
Colds and stuffiness- nurse straight up and down it helps
Nursing strike- we are currently dealing with I will get back with the results.
Oversupply- pump and I donate it.
See nursing its this crazy little game some moms never have a problem. Those I envy. Then some have a ton of problems. If you do hit a bump in the road check out some of the links included here. It’s hard but don’t give up. Happy Nursing!