I can’t believe B is almost two. And I can’t believe that we are still breastfeeding! I struggled the first two days after B’s birth. I had C-section and the doctors did not let B latch soon after they took her out of me. They only skin contact we had was when the pediatrician placed B’s face near my cheeks and then that’s it. They took her away while I’m being closed up. I woke up in the recovery room and then transferred to the ward. I told them that I want B to be roomed in with me so I can breastfeed.
I told the doctors and nurses that B should not be given anything but breastmilk. They argued that B has not “eaten” anything for almost 24 hours already. I told them “nothing but breastmilk”. But there was no milk! I really struggled because B doesn’t want to latch. I used my breast pump to stimulate the breasts but nothing. By the second day, I felt so defeated that I let them feed B with formula. I wanted to feed my daughter human milk, my milk, that I continued expressing. Whatever amount of breastmilk I am able to produce, I give it to B. By spoon! Also, I wanted to get out f the hospital. I begged them to release me and so on the third day, I was at home and already leaking! I guess I was also stressed while in the hospital (Staff checking up on me and the baby all the time, other noisy patients and their visitors, nurses on break chatting, etc). I was able to produce enough milk to feed B, I threw away the formula immediately. That’s almost two years ago. I wouldn’t have done it without the support of people around me (too bad I didn’t get the right support from the “medical professionals”…except for one nurse who kept cheering me on…) BabyDaddy fully supported my decision to breastfeed. He gave me all the time I need and helped me with everything! He even massaged my bloated feet and put up with my crying fits. When I felt so tired and depressed that I wanted to stop, he talked me out of it. He said, give it till she’s two. (Easy for him to say, huh? Its not his breasts that’s getting a beating! LOLS)I hope all mommies out there get the right support. (Even if you don’t have support from your immediate family, that should not stop you super mommy! Go find that support group.)The World Health Organization is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week on August 1 – 7. This year’s theme is all about support. You can read WHO’s official statement here. Also, they have these really cool graphics. (Please share!)
Breastmilk is the best gift you can give your child. Let’s support each other mommies! (I am not a professional but if you have questions or you just want to talk to someone, just shoot me an email. I’m happy to help in any way I can.)