Breastfeeding – That Bond!

August 5th, 2015 by Live Well Omaha Kids

By: Jennifer Parde

I come from a community where breastfeeding is not a regular thing that you see everywhere. Actually no one breastfed – and if they did, they sure as heck were not doing it in public! I was not dead set on breastfeeding, and if I did, well great, if I didn’t, oh well.image2 (1)

I toured Immanuel Hospital and they told me about The Sacred Hour and I honestly had no idea about it. I thought these people were crazy – you want to put my baby who just came out of my insides on my bare chest for an hour?!

So I ended up doing tons of research and got really excited for The Sacred Hour. It helps the babies so much and I think it helped me calm down a lot afterwards! It sets their temperature correctly and that bond! She went on my chest right after I had to have my unplanned C-section. I did not want to let her go. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect human being. I definitely had that mom feeling, where you think your child is the most perfect – I still do and I don’t think it will ever go away. They tried to latch Emery right away and I thought “Oh my gosh, my baby is a natural! She can latch right away!” Well the first 24 hours she was sleeping for the most part. I slept so much also, thank goodness for family to be there.

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, they told me that Emery had lost a big percentage of her weight, and that they needed to check her latch and make sure everything was going okay. The latch looked good, but she wasn’t gulping and sucking like she should be. They said keep trying, keep trying, so we kept trucking along. Then, one morning Emery’s pediatrician came in with Bruce, the lactation consultant, and they tell me that Emery had a tongue tie and that was causing our latch issues. Bruce was so excited for us thinking we had solved all our problems, then we tried latching again and noticed she wasn’t gulping or sucking like she shouimage1 (2)ld. So Bruce sat with us for hours trying and trying and ultimately I ended up having to pump.

I pumped until the following Tuesday and then I had an appointment with Bruce. That was the longest five days of pumping! I give exclusive pumpers major props for pumping all the time, I could not do it. We met with Bruce on Tuesday and she brings this nifty little nipple shield that I had never heard of before. She tells me that I have flat nipples and in order for Emery to get a good, deep latch, I need this. Let me tell you one thing, those nipple shields are life savers, but they are so messy! I remember thinking okay this isn’t too bad, I can use this for however long, but those things do get tiring. You just get tired of having to put it on every time and carry it with you.

Well, after three very long months with the shield, she finally started latching without it. At first she wouldn’t get a deep enough latch, but after some practice she does an awesome job. It’s fun to look back and see all the progress we have made in just the five months that she has been born. I thought I wouldn’t care if I got to breastfeed or not, but I know now that if I had to stop, I would be devastated.

It’s hard to explain the bond you have with your baby when you breastfeed, and I am sure you have it when you’re not breastfeeding, but I couldn’t imagine feeding my baby any other way. And not to mention, that breastfeeding is free! I understand now why mothers who breastfeed say that they don’t know when they are going to stop breastfeeding. I think they say that because it is just amazing, and it makes you feel amazing. You are feeding your baby and you are giving your baby the absolute best.

Jennifer is a guest blogger of a series of blogs Live Well Omaha Kids is sharing in honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month. You can read more on the facts about breastfeeding, The Sacred Hour and skin to skin at www.reallyreally.org.

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