Thursday, July 22, 2010

Birth and Breast

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For my birth experience, I didn't really know what I wanted. I was 17 for crying out loud. Thanks to the "Bringing Home Baby" show, I was horrified that something would go wrong.

Our birth ended up going along just fine (for the most part). I was in labor for a little under 10 hrs, and didn't have to push very long at all. Once they cleaned all the ick off Sophie, the nurse dove right in my shirt to latch on my baby. I was horrified that it would hurt, everyone said it hurt for the first month or two. Lies, all of it.

No body told me that when you nurse the right way, it isn't supposed to hurt. There I sat, with bleeding nipples, and a baby that wanted to nurse constantly, because she just couldn't latch. I had no idea. I just knew I was in pain.

Eventually the a nurse came in to tell me that Sophie had dropped too much weight, and she needed to get formula in her. I was given the option of just putting a little tube up to my boob, and letting her "pretend nurse." The idea of giving the girls a break was too much to resist. I ended up just bottle feeding her until we got home from the hospital the next day.

On the way home, I had Denny stop at target and buy me a pump. If I couldn't nurse, I was going to be sure that she still got mommy milk. Turns out it wasn't really necessary. Once we got home, she was pro. I don't know if it was drinking from the bottles, using her binky, or what, but she could now latch perfectly and ate like there was no tomorrow.

I didn't feel informed when I had my baby. I didn't really know any better. If Sophie hadn't mastered nursing magically, I may have just been too defeated to keep going. Luckily this time around I know what to expect. I know how it should feel and what to do.

That is how my birth experience affected our breastfeeding.

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Timbra Wiist said...

I'm amazed that the nurse was so proactive in getting baby to breast. . . too bad she wasn't a little more informative :P I love that you were a very young mom who had the resolve to nurse your baby! Congrats to you both. . . and I think a lot of mothers would love it if their babes "magically" learned to latch!

Tasha said...

I had similar problems with Melody. Mastitis, trouble latching, thrush, you name it and we dealt with it! There definitely isn't enough info or support out there for moms that are new to nursing. Or maybe there is and it's just hard to find! I know I would've thrown in the towel if it wasn't for Jared's support. Definitely helps to have a support system!