Don’t worry, I won’t be posting any pictures of me that go along with this topic but I will post an adorable picture of Brooke.
As you might remember, I was most afraid of breastfeeding while I was pregnant. I had heard horror stories. The idea of it made me cringe a little and it scared me more than labor and pretty much everything else in the world.
Right after Brooke was born she latched on right away. She came out a hungry girl (which was expected with my genes in the mix) but I was the one having issues. In the hospital I had a lactation specialist come the day after she was born to help me which was awesome but it still didn’t feel right. It was extremely painful and she wasn’t staying on for very long. This is when she started sleeping A TON and we couldn’t even get her to wake up for longer than a few minutes, probably because she was so hungry… it broke my heart into a million pieces. The day after leaving the hospital we went to the pediatricians and that is where they worried me to death by telling me that she lost too much weight and she needed to go on formula. I asked them if I could breastfeed first and then give her formula and they said that would be fine. I became absolutely determined to do anything I could to be able to just breastfeed her (besides the emotional reasons I wanted to breastfeed, formula is just way too expensive for us right now). When I want something, I will do whatever it takes to get it.
She downed her first bottle of formula after feeding with me for about 25 seconds and I was super bummed. That night my milk came in and I almost started jumping up and down on our air mattress because I was so stoked. She ate like a champ and when I tried to give her formula after (I was so worried I wasn’t giving her enough) she didn’t want anything to do with it.
The two things that I am loving:
Breast pump (I use it when I get too full and she isn’t hungry and will be using it when I go back to teaching early morning cycling) and cream.
It actually isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be anymore, it hurts for the first 10 seconds and then it doesn’t (is that normal?) I kind of love it and look forward to getting up in the middle of the night with her and having that time together. (Let’s see how long I will be saying that:)
I am thirstier than I have ever been in my life.
I am hungrier than I have ever been in my life.
Did you ever use a pump?
What was your breastfeeding experience like?
Did you have to avoid any certain foods while breastfeeding?
-So far I have tried most things and she has been totally fine. I have stayed away from spicy things but she has even been fine on things like garlic and chocolate.