Breastfeeding was worth it!

August 13th, 2015 by Live Well Omaha Kids

By: Melissa Jordening

I am a first time mother and had no idea what to expect from breastfeeding. I thought it just kind of came naturally and that was it…boy was I wrong. We had a bit of a rough delivery lasting 16 hours. She had to be helped out with forceps and was a 9 pounder! She swallowed a bunch of fluid on the way out so the sacred hour didn’t go so well. She did not latch on, nor did she really latch on and feed the whole time we were in the hospital.  She lost quite a bit of weight before leaving the hospital since she didn’t eat.

Once we got home and the milk finally came in, it still wasn’t going very well. I did not know your boobs could get so rock hard and practically sit on your neck! It was so painful. She continued to lose weight and lost  a little over a pound. We had to visit the pediatrician every other day for the first 3 weeks or so until she finally started to gain weight. Since she wasn’t putting the weight back on I had to start supplementing with formula after feeding.

Melissa Jordening
I also started to see a lactation specialist and attend weekly breastfeeding classes to get help and ask questions. It was suggested that I feed her, then pump and feed whatever I get from that and give her a 1/2 ounce to and ounce of formula at every feeding. I had to feed her every two hours on the dot, and this was from the time we started feeding! I felt like I was doing nothing else but breastfeeding.  This quickly became exhausting!  She finally got back to birth weight at 6 weeks and I stopped supplementing with formula at that point and she has not had any since and she is now 10 months old!

Once she finally started to put weight on and get the hang of this breastfeeding thing it slowly got easier. I did however have to work at it. I took Fenugreek pills twice a day, made lactation cookies, drank malted milk, drank water like a fish, and got up in the middle of the night to pump if she did not wake up. I have also suffered through several clogged ducts. Any time I spilled any liquid gold or I came home from work and saw a bottle sitting out that my husband left out it was painful because I had to work so hard to get that!

After a while it became routine and I slowly started to build up a stock pile. Now it is nothing to whip them out and feed her.  My initial goal was 6 months, well we are past that and on to 12 months. It has been amazing to see her grow just off of my breastmilk, although now she is eating table food like crazy as well! We definitely had some struggles in the beginning and it was nothing like I thought it would be, but it has been worth it.

Melissa 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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