My Breastfeeding Struggle
Breastfeeding is something I've become quite passionate about since we started our little family and I wanted to share our journey and what I've learned and pray that you'll find it helpful and encouraging if you've gone/are going through similar adventures.
I remember that glorious moment when he actually latched on without the nipple shield for the first time in his 4 month life. It was awesome.
Now, it wasn't all peaches and roses after that, but that moment marked the uphill climb to eventually becoming a nursing champ.
What you can learn from my story:
- Breastfeeding classes- I strongly recommend participating in some form of education before diving into it. I was shocked at how much I hadn't known about nursing before taking the class. Believe it or not, it's not something that just "happens". You and your baby have to learn, so you may as well educate yourself before.
- Get your partner in on it- Brian was a huge help and support to me during this time. While he couldn't actually do the feeding and pumping, he definitely gave me a hand in bringing me things that were out of reach, making sure I was comfortable, and most importantly, encouraged me. Try to share in the journey.
- Have loose expectations- Obviously it didn't go as I had planned, and it was at the moments when I would realize this very fact that I would become the most discouraged. So, while it's okay to have a picture of what you would like breastfeeding to be like, understand that it may not go the way you planned. Keep pressing on and do what's best for yourself and the baby.
- Don't be afraid to see a Lactation Consultant- Seriously, they saved my life. They were so encouraging, kind, and helpful. If you are having any trouble with breastfeeding at all (even if it's just a little painful) ask them, they are the experts.
- Don't give up- It's so worth it to get to the point of being able to feed your baby the best food in the best way. Just think of the money you save not using formula, the ease of leaving the house because baby's food is always right there, and the comfort of having your little bundle so close to you during feeding times.
I found so much encouragement from other moms who had gone through the same thing. It's so important for us to be able to reach out and realize we aren't alone in our struggles. So, if you are having/have had a similar experience, please don't hesitate to email me. I'd love to hear from other moms!