First and foremost, I feel the need to clarify that this was MY experience with breastfeeding. Not everyone will have this experience, but because I could not find a single soul who shared my experience, I wanted to put it out there.
It was decided early, without any argument or discussion, that I would breastfeed. Aside from the monetary attributes of breastfeeding, it also passes so many fabulous immunities and nutrients to the baby that it seemed stupid not to. I watched all the videos about breastfeeding, I read tons of books, I practiced the various “holds”. I wanted it to be perfect.
When Tony was born, I requested that we try and breastfeed as soon as possible. I had read study after study about how beneficial that is to the bond of mother and child, and had found several videos that advocated letting him do the “breast crawl”, where the newborn will literally wiggle around on mom’s belly until he finds the nipple. Once all of the family left the room, I opened my shirt and stuck him up there. But he was too tired to try, and quite frankly after 2.5 hours of solid pushing, I was too tired to force him into it. So we waited a day.
He latched on fine the next day, but didn’t suckle. I immediately used my resources and requested help from the lactation consultants that work at the hospital. The specialist stopped by that afternoon and confirmed that I was doing everything right.. she was actually impressed with my prowess as a first time mom. But I was worried sick that he wasn’t getting any food. Continue Reading →