When breastfeeding doesn't work
So, this week is World Breastfeeding Week. As moms we all know breastfeeding isn't easy. There are so many challenges along the way and not everyone is able to breastfeed. Not being able to breastfeed can be very difficult to deal with emotionally. I want all moms to know that it is ok if breastfeeding didn't work for you. You did nothing wrong and you are a great mom!
If breastfeeding was difficult for you or didn't work please share your story here. It is nice to know that we are not alone and that others have gone through the same thing we have gone through.
With my son, I was told in the hospital he had a great latch. I called my sister a week later because it hurt horribly. My sister being six hours away told me it would hurt-babies suck hard and it takes awhile for your nipples to get used to it. I was stupid and didn't go to a lactation consultant. The local physicians assistant had no idea and just told me to stop nursing-there wasn't any way that was going to happen, I was bound and determined. Finally at my six week check up I asked the OB who prescribed Dr. Bronner's All Purpose Nipple Ointment (amazing stuff!) and sent me straight to a lactation consultant. By that time, he had literally scraped away 1/3 of my nipple and would peel the scab off every time he nursed. We got his latch corrected and I began to heal. We also dealt with severe milk allergies with him, so I had a very limited diet (basically eggs and plain chicken for 8 months). Once we got him on ranitidine and figured out the trigger foods, we had what seemed like a new baby.
My biggest advice to moms who breastfeed is don't be afraid to ask for help. It takes work and learning on your part and the baby's part. It may be natural, but it's not easy. :)
Question: For my next baby, am I able to start pumping before baby is born? I don't want to bother the hassle of trying to latch, just pumping everything is fine by me. Is that okay to do to get a supply ready for when baby is born?