This is part of an "In Their Own Words" series in honor of
Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2013. Here at Sweet Pea Births we celebrate
and honor all breastfeeding relationships, and want to share these stories with
you to empower and inspire you. No
matter how the journey starts, with help, support, and persistence, most
mothers can achieve the breastfeeding relationship they want with their
nurslings. If you would like to submit your story, please email me at
Sweet Pea Births understands that not all mothers can or want to
breastfeed. These stories are shared for
learning purposes, not to judge the choices we make when we feed our children.
He was still having the same issues with unlatching and seeming very tired. I
hated feeding him from a bottle and pumping, it is not at all what I imagined
for our relationship. Plus I already felt like I had missed out on his first 6
days of life with all the NICU restrictions (it still saddens me!). I had this
gut feeling that something else was causing the nursing issues, but didn't
trust myself since the 'professionals' told me why he couldn't nurse. He would
latch perfectly, had a wonderful suck, but couldn't last more then 30sec before
being tired and upset by hunger. I had been producing/leaking colostrum for at
least a month before he was born, milk came in full force on day 3, and I had
an oversupply the whole time (common in my family I guess). Finally I decided
to go with my mom instinct and schedule an appointment with an IBCLC.
We went to my lactation consult and she weighed my son, felt his suck with a
gloved finger, had me show her how I hold him and latch (gave me some pointers
to make it easier/more comfortable), and let him nurse as long as he wanted
(which wasn't long), and then weighed again to see how much he got. She also
checked my pump flanges and they were SO the wrong size and causing lots of
discomfort! I didn't even know they had
sizes!! Pretty sure the hospital should mention that when they give you the
pump kit there.. anyway...
When she felt his suck she told me she was pretty sure he had a tongue tie,
which was probably the cause of unlatching and tiredness since it makes
maintaining the latch and sucking SO much more work. We finished our wonderful,
helpful appointment and she referred me to a pediatrician who specializes in
We set up our consult with the pediatrician as soon as possible. A week later
we had our appointment; sure enough he
had a tongue-tie! We set up another appointment for the procedure the next
week. He had his tongue-tie clipped at 6-weeks and nursed right after the
procedure for the longest so far.
I talked with my husband and we decided to give up bottles cold-turkey now that
the tongue tie was taken care of, but I would continue pumping. So, I would
offer him my breast and let him nurse or try as long as he wanted and if he was
getting upset I would sneak a syringe full of breast milk between his lip and
my skin and squeeze in a bit every time he sucked. We continued that for a
couple days until I gradually got rid of the syringe as he was healing and
getting used to his new tongue mobility.
After a few days he was, thankfully, nursing happily with not a bottle in sight
and I gave my hospital grade pump back to the rental company. I only pumped
occasionally to have milk for date nights or if my oversupply was bugging me.
Our son nursed happily for 12mo until he weaned himself, my son LOVES food. =D
Looking forward to a second child (hopefully sometime 2014) and breastfeeding
again! I will definitely follow my mommy instincts right away next time!!!
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