Many of us know that breastfeeding isn’t always easy to begin with. It can take time, solid determination and definitely a sense of humour to get to a place where breastfeeding is established and comfortable for both mother and baby. It is important that breastfeeding mothers feel they are not the first ones to face the sorts of issues that arise. In this blog post Nicola and Lisa talk about their challenging starts with their newborns. It is great that they were committed once they had made the decision to breastfeed and we hope that other women find inspiration in their journey also – a journey which after all the hardship, found some wellbeing for these mothers and their babies.
“Everyone said “Breastfeeding isn’t painful. If it is, try latching on again”.
After Amelia was born, it hurt. I was telling everyone I could. Every suck was a strong, pulling, stinging feeling. Countless women observed and said, “that looks like a good latch, how does that feel?” “Sore!” I’d say. Then “There isn’t anything more I can help you with”. Great.
At times my nipples were just a giant scab. I developed Mastitis. My husband had to buy me a breast pump, nipple shields and breast shells – poor thing!
After one feed finished, I dreaded the next. I would be crying non-stop while feeding and all my husband could do was hold me and tell me I was doing a great job.
And then one day it didn’t hurt anymore. I was feeding Amelia, and suddenly I realised that there was no pain. I’m so glad I stuck with it.”
“With my first born he had trouble latching on. I had a caesarian and he didnt try until we were back in the ward. The nurses, midwife and lactation consultant all tried different things and we even went to the ear nose and throat doctor as we thought the problem was that he was tongue tied. The specialist said that wouldnt have been the reason. So I just perservered and expressed for the first 4-6wks until he got the hang of breastfeeding. I know a lot of women would have given up but I am glad I didnt. He got used to a bottle then once I got breastfeeding underway and went to use a bottle again, for some reason he wasnt sure how to feed! I fed him for 17 months.”
Information regarding latching issues, Mastitis, expressing and other breastfeeding related advice can be found via the Q&A section of the Ministry of Health’s breastfeeding.org.nz website.
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