Let me start this off with my history of breastfeeding, as brief as it has been. In the three months time since I have had my son, never once did I question why it was women switch to bottle feeding. I didn’t have some miraculous story of him latching on after birth and us never looking back. I’ve dealt with having too much milk and not having enough, I’ve dealt with my let down being too strong and not strong enough, I’ve had thrush and mastitis twice. I’ve changed my whole diet to accommodate for my sons needs, even when his lip and tongue tie made my nipples crack and bleed. I have forced myself to hold him to my chest through the pain just so he could comfort nurse and spit out all the milk my body was working so hard to produce. I have had many nights where I woke up every 45 minutes to feed him. Through literal blood, sweat and tears I have thrown my hands up in the air and given him a bottle of the only 2 oz of breast milk I had that took weeks to pump.
Was it all worth it? Continue reading
When researching for a previous blog post I had posted in a local group asking is any mom had blogs with stories of their experiences with donor milk. I feel it is important to share that using donor milk is possible and safe because some women truly are unable to breastfeed may that be due to a medical reason or lack of support in the early days and weeks. Making sure your little ones are able to get the liquid gold is possible! I feel women should be more encouraged to seek out donor milk and women who are able to pump and share should be encouraged to as well!
When I was pregnant, I went crazy with research. Research calms me and I was desperate to do whatever I could to make sure I was well prepared. My worry of Postpartum depression was a real one.
Today at my 1 week post natal appointment my midwife asked me how I felt about my birth and if I had accepted it which really got me thinking about what all happened (from what I remember) and how I felt about it all. Continue reading