Tonight we have a short but sweet guest post by Angela about her journey from overcoming the problems that prevented her from breastfeeding her first daughter to successfully exclusively breastfeeding her second. I hope you all enjoy it.
Angela's Nursing Journey
I gave birth to my daughter Madison in November 2010 and, after watching my sister successfully breastfeed, I knew that was what I would do! I never expected to face the challenges that I did. It was not easy for me, it didn't come naturally but I really wanted to make it work. Madison had a poor latch from the beginning due to flat nipples and I tried to pull them out pumping, using a shield, I tried anything and everything. We were never able to successfully breastfeed. I pumped for 4 months, before giving up. My doctor at the time kept telling me how she wasn't gaining enough and that I needed to supplement, I never trusted that what I was giving her was enough, I was naive and didn't have a support system. I was exhausted and my breast hurt. I couldn't hold my newborn without crying. I had mastitis three different times and also ended up with MRSA on my breast. At that point, I made the decision to stop and just enjoy my baby.
After I had Madison and went through the struggles that I did without support, I was determined to make it work the second time around. In May of 2013, I gave birth to my daughter Emma. Prior to having her I reached out to the local LLL group and had a great support system in place. Again we had our struggles with poor latch due to flat nipples but I wanted it to work. Emma is now 12 weeks old and has been breastfed from the beginning. I still use a nipple shield but am able to remove it for part of my feeds. It has still been a challenge, Emma has a dairy intolerance and I have had to remove dairy from my diet in order to continue. It is a sacrifice that I am happy to make. She is thriving. I still second guess myself and worry that she isn't “gaining” enough because of my first experience. Knowledge is power and I feel that I better prepared myself the second time around.
About the Author:
Angela is a 29 year old mom to two girls, Madison (2 years old) and Emma (12 weeks old).