I was never able to breast feed, I had a breast reduction years ago that took me out of the breast feeding game. Since I can't speak on what I do not know, I have invited a new guest blogger.
Jen and I found each other on Babycenter and have supported each other during two pregnancies each. Jen has given birth to two adorable little boys and has agreed to share her thoughts on Breast feeding.
Ah, breastfeeding, a love/hate relationship. I love snuggling close with my baby, knowing that I am providing everything he needs to survive. I love that breast milk provides antibodies to help keep my little guy healthy and makes specific antibodies for whatever he is exposed to. I hate the struggles. Who really talks about the struggles?
My little guy went on an 11 day nursing strike! Nursing strike= bottle feed + pump + chase 3 year old + take care of 2 month old. The lactation consultant tells me, “Maybe he just prefers a bottle.” The pediatrician says, “Everything is fine, can’t find anything here.”
But this mama knows, something is not right. Through my own research and determination I discovered that little guy had an extreme upper lip tie and posterior tongue tie. Who knew? I had never even heard of a lip tie, let alone knew about it’s impact on breastfeeding. We got it fixed, or revised as they call it in the tie world, and surprise, he has been nursing like a champ since. But that’s not all.
Green poop. Yep, that is what little guy was doing for a month. After cutting dairy out of my diet, we took him to the allergist and turns out he has egg, milk, and corn allergies. Want to lose baby weight fast? Try eliminating those three from your diet! Nursing in public. I don’t do it. Why not? I have no problems with it. Little guy will not do it! He loves to be in his quiet nursery without distractions. He even gets finicky when I talk or eat while nursing him. So add some trees blowing in the breeze, people walking by, or noise and it is game over. Pumping. Not fun. Need I say more? Sometimes I feel like my life revolves around my breasts.
But all the struggles aside, is breastfeeding worth it? Yes! We have had our fair share of struggles and challenges, but knowing all the many benefits of breastfeeding and all that I am providing for my little guy is soooo worth it!
Thank you Jen, please come back anytime to Happily Ever Rushed!