Welcome to Vol. 8 of the Real Breastfeeding Stories part of Uniquely Fed – where I share real stories, from real moms with you!! This will be the final installment of stories but it is not the last part of this series!
If you’re just joining me here, don’t miss what has already been shared in this series:
- Part One: My Journey
- Part Two: Common Breastfeeding Issues
- Part Three: Real Breastfeeding Stories
And last, but definitely not least, we hear today from moms who learned how to cope with the breastfeeding challenges they faced and persevered in spite of them.
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Prenatal videos make breastfeeding look simple, peaceful. Books make it seem like, because I’m a woman, I should naturally know what I’m doing.
My experience was neither simple nor peaceful.
Baby Bird and I STRUGGLED. Her latch was wrong. My milk supply was low. She developed thrush. I developed mastitis.
We were a mess for a long time. Like, for her first four months of life.
I believed breast milk was the first great gift I could give my child, and I was a failure because I was struggling to give it to her. It felt like a crushing defeat, and that feeling — along with possible postpartum depression — kept me in a dark place.
I had nursing pads, two breast pumps, nipple creams, and nursing tops. I’d read the books and watched the videos — but Baby Bird and I couldn’t…READ THE REST on The Messy Mommy’s Blog
About The Messy Mommy: The Messy Mommy is a freelance writer/editor and stay-at-home mom who is bumbling through parenthood one moment at a time. She and her husband are raising their amazing daughter in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Hi, my name is Amanda. I have two children. A seven year old boy (whom breastfeeding didn’t work out with) and an 8 week old little girl who is exclusively breastfed. It has been a struggle.
She wasn’t born with jaundice but developed it because of my breastmilk. (Go figure…another thing to make a mom feel guilty.) I wanted to only have her on breastmilk; however, when she was admitted into the hospital for jaundice, I cannot count how many medical staff tried to get me to give her formula. I am so grateful my husband was there speaking up for us and repeating my requests. So I would pump and then bottle feed her only while she was in the hospital.
Finally, her levels dropped enough for us to go home and she was able to be released. Unfortunately, her bilirubin levels started increasing again. We went to the doctor and my mother-in-law, who was with me at the appointment, kept insisting that I just give up breastfeeding and switch to formula. “Formula’s better no?” But I kept at it.
I had to nurse her on cue. So I would nurse her for 30-45 minutes, both breasts, then pump for 20 minutes, rest for 10, and do it all over again. I had help with transporting my son to school so I was able to give my all on this breastfeeding journey. I was literally driving myself crazy. At her doctor’s visit three days later, I broke down. I couldn’t, I felt, produce enough milk to pump and nurse. I was following so many breastfeeding pages on social media and all the women on there could produce so much milk. I felt defeated.
Once, my husband took the baby after I finished nursing her and demanded that I finally get some much needed sleep. When I woke up, I was way overdue for a pump. He had also bought some lactation tea/ bars to help me. I felt rested and ready to try again. I stayed on a routine, stayed committed, and it finally got better little by little.
Every day is different, but I now know when to take breaks and give her a bottle of breastmilk instead. My advice to other moms is to ask questions, don’t give up, and don’t drive yourself crazy. You are doing the best you can!
About Bridget: Bridget was born and raised in San Antonio and moved back after college and law school. She is a full-time litigator and recently married her other half, Nik, also a lawyer. She has two stepchildren, “Dude” age 10 and “Dudette” age 7, and they acquired a furry stepdog, REK, age 14. Bridget drastically traded in her longtime single, career-girl life for that of wife and stepmom and is loving the fulfillment of her new home life as well as the crash course in being a mom. Together, Bridget’s new family has adjusted to a whole new world and more changes are expected to come! Read more of Bridget’s posts on the Alamo City Moms Blog here.
I hope you enjoyed reading these and the other stories in this series. I hope that you feel encouraged if your journey looks like one of these!
Stay tuned for the rest of the posts in this series. I will be talking about how to build a support system for yourself and the final post will have some expert advice from professionals in the breastfeeding field.
What has your breastfeeding journey been like? Did it go the way you had planned or hoped? Let me know in the comments.