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Thank you, thank you, thank you, Heather, for sharing your story - and adding those links at the end. I wanted to nurse my first little guy SO BAD. Everything seemed to be okay, he was a natural at latching on and going to town when he was hungry. Thing is, he was hungry all the time. He lost so much weight the first two weeks, and we had to deal with his jaundice (the glo-worm blankets are pretty cool). I met with two different LCs outside of the hospital on a regular basis for about six weeks, pumped immediately after a nursing session, and hour after a nursing session (with a hospital grade pump), tried the teas, yeast, cookies - you name it, I tried it. I had an extremely supportive pediatrician who did everything within her power to help me out, too. But when we had gone four weeks with little to no weight gain (I was happy if he held steady from appointment to appointment, I thought I was turning the corner!), it was time to look into supplementing. I didn't want to try drugs for other health reasons, and my poor little baby was so hungry all the time. I was devastated, to say the least. I wanted that nursing bond with my child, and I didn't know if I was going to ever have it. :(
We supplemented for three months, still doing everything I could to get my supply up, to no avail. For the past two months, baby has been on just formula. While I still feel guilty sometimes, my five month old is happy, fed, and full which leaves us more happy time to play and sing and read. He's perfectly healthy so far, which is saying a lot since my husband and I both teach at an elementary school with over 1,000 little germ factories. :)
I knew BFing would be hard, but I didn't anticipate it being nearly that difficult. It's so nice to hear other mamas who have problems too. I'm forwarding this blog on to my sister who still feels guilty about giving up on BFing with her daughter almost two years ago.
Thank you again, Heather!
1 year, 10 months ago on Breastfeeding When It Don’t Come Easy, Our Story