I just wanted to take a minute to encourage new mothers out there not to
give up on breastfeeding! After getting off to a rocky start, baby Kellan
and I are now a success story.
He was a great nurser, instantly latching on minutes after birth, but I
was surprised that this ”natural” process was so complicated!
I quickly developed cracked, bleeding nipples. Baby was taken off the
breast for a week so I could heal…I was to pump every 2 hours around
the clock. They healed, but as soon as I put him back on they were bleeding
again. Nothing helped, nipple shields, creams, a visit from LaLeche league.
Dr. Agarwal discovered he had a tongue tie, so he was sucking too vigorously.
Meanwhile, my milk supply was diminishing from only pumping. Dr. Agarwal
released his tongue tie, and baby was back on the breast later that day…well,
sort of. He didn’t recognize the breast after having bottles for
so long. Desperate, I visited a lactation consultant referred to me by
Dr. Agarwal’s office. She was wonderful, and after an hour and a
half of working with us, he was back on! The first week was rough, I wasn’t
sure of myself and he fussed at every feeding. Lots of tears were shed,
but I refused to give up!
Fast forward, Kellan is almost three months old now and we are a success
story! I pump at work, and exclusively breastfeed the rest of the time.
He gladly accepts a bottle, breast and pacifier. Breastfeeding comes easily
for some, but not at all for most! Please ladies, hang in there, see a
good lactation consultant and be patient, it is SO worth it for the health
of your baby.