Breastfeeding - Getting Through the Bumps in the Road
From the time I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. It was probably due to a combination of reasons – but mostly because I had done a decent amount of research on breastfeeding for work, and I know a couple of great moms (who also happen to be Lactation Consultants) who had shared their passion for breastfeeding with me and who have very compelling stories.
I did everything I could think of to prepare myself. I took a breastfeeding class at the hospital I was delivering at, I got my husband on board, and I loaded up on some key products – nursing pads, a nursing cover, lanolin cream, a nursing pillow, and a nice comfortable glider. I felt ready.
So when my son arrived and I tried feeding him in the hospital and time and again couldn’t get him to latch, it was like the world was crashing down. I felt like I was already failing at being a mom. Every two hours, I would need to call the nurse to help me feed him, and even with her help it still didn’t feel right. After a couple of really bad feedings (trying to get him to latch over and over) I was too emotional to be consoled by my husband, and I was in a lot of pain.
Finally, there was a shift change with the nursing staff and a very sweet nurse came in to see how feeding was going. I expressed my frustration, sadness, and told her about what had grown to be excruciating pain. She had me try feeding with a nipple shield and I couldn’t believe it – he fed great and I had no pain! It turns out, this little shield that I had never even heard of was all we needed. I did the next feeding by myself and it was amazing. By the next day, I was leaving the hospital as a confident, breastfeeding mom.
We faced a couple other bumps in the road those first two weeks of breastfeeding, but getting over that first hurdle made me feel like I could handle anything. We got into a routine and by the third week it was nothing but smooth sailing for 11 months!
Did you face bumps in the road while breastfeeding? How did you get through them?