When my son Nolan was born, we had quite a difficult start. From jaundice to latch issues, it seemed that things were not headed in a great direction. After a rocky start with my first son as well, I was dedicated to make breastfeeding work for us. I knew that the beginning period is always an adjustment. What I didn’t know what that at 11 weeks postpartum, we would still be working through these challanges.
It all started when Nolan was having latch difficulties in the hospital that was causing me extreme pain on the left side. After only one day, I had a blister forming.I talked with nurse after nurse who assured me that his latch was “perfect” and that they did not see any problems. Even the lactation consultant came to take a look and said that his latch was fine. She suggested giving my left breast a break and pumping on that side while nursing on the right side. I didn’t want to completely stop nursing on the left, so I would alternate. Pump one time, then nurse the next. The blister did not go away. In fact, I still have a callous over the nipple because of the damage. (more…)
Nothing in this world can compare to the first time you hold your baby in your arms. Months of kicks and hiccups, anticipation growing every day on what she would look like, and finally, 4 days of labor finally brought E into the world. When she was born, little did we know, that she had two little imperfections that were going to majorly impact her life from day one. We found out, after many visits to doctors, lactation specialists, and breastfeeding counselors, and finally a dentist, that E was born with a posterior tongue tie and lip tie (PTT/LT). This means her tongue was too tightly connected to the bottom of her mouth and her lip was too tightly connected to her gum on the top. Neither of these were detected until E was almost 3 months old, yet it affected her life every day. (more…)
A good latch is a great sign for both mom and baby in the early days of breastfeeding. But getting that latch doesn’t always come easy. Does breastfeeding really need to hurt those first few weeks? How does the shape of a mother’s nipples impact her baby’s ability to latch quickly? And what are some helpful breastfeeding positions to maximize latch potential?
BONUS CONTENT: What should you do if your baby has a persistent shallow latch? (more…)
I’m tired. I’m so tired. No, not just sleepy. Not “I stayed up too late last night and need a nap.” This tired only comes from being on duty for the past 18 months and always being willing to stop what I want to be doing and breastfeeding my little one. From day one to this afternoon, my body has been at the beck and call of my little one through rooting, crying, and asking politely for “milmil” I have been here to answer the call of duty. I love the nighttime snuggles and that I have yet to **knock on wood** have any breast issues and I really think breastfeeding on demand has helped create an awesome bond between me and my pumpkin doodle. (more…)
Breastfeeding is always something I knew I would do, there was no question about it. After a very difficult labor and delivery, I felt so blessed to be able to breastfeed. It felt like the one thing I had left. Though, like many other breastfeeding mothers, my journey has not been without struggle.
After a few weeks, and slow weight gain for my son, he was diagnosed with a very small tongue tie by my lactation consultant which had resulted in low milk supply for me. My son was not very efficient at the breast and easily lost energy. After a lot of hard work with exercises and help during nursing, he slowly regained strength and was able to nurse much more efficiently. But, my supply was left damaged. (more…)