ok, I promised Jen over at baby makin machine that I would write a post about breastfeeding today- so here it goes!
When I got pregnant I knew I was going to have to take any route I could to do it as cheaply as possible. This ment researching cloth diapers, breastfeeding, making my own baby food ect. When it came to the cloth diapers, I knew I could make those easy enough. And how hard is it to mash a banana with a fork- But the whole breastfeeding thing kind of freaked me out! I signed up for a class on it and learned a lot of information, but I learned something that I have come back to multiple times in the past 18 months- no amount of reading can prepare you for anything! Our teacher for the breastfeeding class as well as the prenatal class was amazing. She assured us that anything was possible and that even if it wasnt possible for us, we would eb glad we tried and not feel bad about it- I didnt take this to heart though- I didnt have a choice, I HAD to make it work!
So the day came, my daughter was born and after what seemed like forever they gave her to me. I wasnt sure about this whole thing, but when my smiling prenatal class teacher came running into the room I felt a little better. She is a GREAT lactation consultant and taught me, with my prop this time, the basics of latching, holds and so on. Turns out there were some issues and she brought me in a nipple shield which seemed to help and the baby took to it very quick!
No matter how many times they tell you, you arnt prepared for the fact that your milk doesnt come in for a few days. I was distraught that my baby was starving and asked for some help. We were given a little siringe with a bottle of formula that you were suposed to slip under the nipple shield and push the formula into the baby's mouth as they suck. Obviosly this is a two person job. DH still thinks his involvement in this procedure was pretty neat and still goes on about how he had to get up in the middle of the night to get the formula and siringe. (yeah like what 3 times total?!?) Anyway, once the milk came in it was smooth sailing from there! I really enjoyed breastfeeding but was too scared to go at it without the shield. It took me almost 4 months to get rid of that thing! In fact, when DD was hospitalized when she was 8 days old I had forgotten the shield and when the lactation consultant called and happened to come see us in the hospital she gave me a new one- making it easier to at least have one with me! But it was SUCH a pain!
It took me a whole week, longer because I would only try for a few seconds for the girst month, but a solid week of trying consistently to get her to feed without the shield and it was GLORIOUS! I sure wanted to take back the promise that I made to DH that if I had to use one of those things to be able to breastfeed it was worth it!
Since then things have been smooth sailing! DD learned how to sign milk and it was so cute to be able to tell what she wanted instead of just screaming!
We are now to a new stage of our lives- the wheening. DH has been saying for months now that when DD turns 18 months old she would not be nursing or taking a binki anymore. I have been trying to get myself used to this fact for months now. I agree, she is old enough to be a big girl now, but it is still bitter sweet.
This morning the baby woke up and came and layed in bed with us. She was signing milk and saying milk and lifting up the blanket, and trying to find the bottom of my shirt and moving my hand onto the blanket and ect ect. Then when I said no and that she was a big girl now she really lost it. But I can say it has been 2 days and I think everything will be ok, distraction, distraction, distraction! lol
So here we are, from begining to end. I LOVE breastfeeding, I have had a great experience so far and hope to be able to do so with all my future children! I know it is the best for my babies and it helps me to feel like I am doing something for her that no one else can! One of my reasons for going so long is that I still dont think she is getting enough nutrition durring the day, but I think it is time for us to move on! So wish us luck!
I would love to read your experiences with breastfeeding, good or bad, or non existant. Please leave me a comment with a link so I can take a look!