I see I got your attention. This is a little bit of a mashup of posts. First off it is World Breastfeeding Week! Thanks to SAS for reminding me (see it is awesome here). I know some people are new to the blog and some of those being new mommies or soon to be mommies. For WBW, I thought I would compile a quick synopsis of my experience breastfeeding and then link to my old posts when I was in the throws of it. So WBW, meet Flashback Friday.
If you have read many of my posts, you will see I liked bulleted lists. Hey I’m busy, you’re busy. Lets get down to brass tax. Here is what I will note about breastfeeding:
- We started within the hour Landon was born. It was weird and foreign…but I knew it was the right thing to do.
- It hurt at first. I think that line of “if it hurts, something is wrong” is a little blurry. At first, it sure as shit is going to hurt. You have never had that kinda assault before. Hang in there, if it still feels like daggers at day 3, get that checked out.
- I asked A LOT of questions. I was geared up to start a revolution in that hospital. I was told ahead of time by podcasts, websites, books, etc. that the hospital staff would try and make me cave to formula. They would destroy what I wanted unless I came in with guns blazing. Fortunately for me, the hospital couldn’t have been better. I had nurses with BF knowledge 24 hours a day. I didn’t see the actual lactation consultant until the last day, but it didn’t matter because every one was so great. But I wasn’t shy. If it felt wrong, I asked. If it felt right, I asked. I didn’t want to leave that room thinking “i wonder…” Stand up for yourself and be selfish. This is all about you and that baby.
- We breastfed for 15 months.
- I went back to work at 10 weeks and pumped until 1 year.
- I supplemented with formula around 4 months because I couldn’t pump enough and I was going bat shit crazy trying to do so. I don’t regret it.
- I had a hard time with pumping supply and pumped usually 4 times a day for 30-40 minutes at a time.
- I had amazing support in the workplace. We have lactation consultants on staff and free healthcare visits. I think I went 3 or 4 times while on maternity leave to make sure we had it right. I could just go use the lactation room and weigh him if I was feeling antsy. I even had random employees and cafe staff offer their offices and fridges when I needed to pump during training.
- I never got mastitis. One plugged duct once but we worked it out quickly. Really mild thrush at the very beginning.
- I breastfed in public but wish I would have been more willing to do it more. I want to applaud a BFing mom anytime I see her.
- 2 things I wish: I would have started pumping from day 1 to build up supply and I wish I would have taken more pictures of us bonding like that.
I could go on and on but you can read more here or feel free to leave a comment or email me! I have learned of new resources since Landon that I know I will use next time!