Re: Breastfeeding Success Stories
I have 2 success stories.
Daughter 1: Within a few days of her birth, I had deep cracks and blisters. Nursing was excruciating but I was determined to continue, assuming that I was experiencing an extreme version of "normal" soreness. But then DD1 started to feed literally nonstop, so we took her in at a week and a half, only to discover that she was only an oz above birthweight. That, plus the constant feedings and the cracks and her scanty, greenish poops all added up to a supply problem. I saw 2 LCs, and both concurred. The issue was not a tongue tie or anything like that, but a mismatch between my breasts and my daughter's extremely high palate, short tongue, and small mouth. She just could not latch on deeply enough to transfer milk. We started a nightmarish round of drugs, herbs, nursing, scales, and pumping, supplementing with pumped milk when we had it and formula when we didn't. After about 2 months, my supply was adequate but the cracks weren't going away. When your nipples areas badly traumatized as mine were, it can take longer than the magical 6 weeks for things to turn around. I continued to nurse despite toe-curling pain, and waited and waited and waited for healing to take place. Which it did, but not until around 4.5 months! After that, nursing became easy and I went on to meet my personal nursing goal of 1 year, and then exceed it by 2 years!
Daughter 2: a little blistering and ouchiness at first, but after that a dream to nurse! If I hadn't had such a rough go-round with DD1 I probably would have panicked about the pain, but I knew that after DD1 I could do anything.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"