Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Breastfeeding {The Road Is Not As Smooth as I'd Thought It Would Be}

23 March 2012

Breastfeeding {The Road Is Not As Smooth as I'd Thought It Would Be}

Confession: The first month after Charis was born, I told Drew multiple times, "I wish we had a wet nurse for Charis.  Breastfeeding is harder than I thought it would be."  But the truth is, parenting is hard; I have found I'm not as patient as I thought I was.

There were times I wanted to give up and throw a bottle at my baby {especially early on when I had nipple pain, leaking, cracked nipples, and mastitis}, but I'm thankful I didn't.  There was also the time, I felt like I had failed my daughter and was a bad mum for giving her formula.  I realize now that it would have been bad to let my daughter go hungry for a few hours while waiting for me to get home from work.  I'm happy I did not work full time because I'm convinced she would have been breastfed less than 6 months if I had to work.  So, for those who work full time and are able to continue pumping and breastfeeding, you get my congratulations.

My biggest tip this week is: If you are having trouble breastfeeding, do not be afraid to seek help.  After seeing the lactation consultant, she helped me see that Charis was not latching on correctly.  Once Charis was able to latch on, my nipple was able to heel, and I have since had no more episodes of mastitis.

2 comments:

  1. Lactation Consultants are the best! I would have stopped nursing if it wasn't for mine! :)

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  2. Great post! I didn't want to get help for my nursing issues, but I'm so glad I did. I certainly didn't think that something as natural as breastfeeding would be so difficult!

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