Jill Berry wanted to breastfeed her baby. She notes, “I took the Lamaze class. I assumed I would breastfeed. After a lengthy labor and a difficult recovery from a C-section, the last thing I was able to do was maneuver a baby for breastfeeding. I could barely sit up in bed let alone, switch positions while feeding my infant daughter. Add in two inverted nipples that no amount of pumping could de-invert. Throw in a poor sucking reflex for the baby. And it was a hot mess.” Berry did her best to pump and breastfeed, but the frustration combined with the pressure of going back to work in four week was a lot to bear. She sought help from a lactation consultant, but was still frustrated. “I quit breastfeeding at the end of my daughter’s 3rd week. Her first bottle? She downed [it] in about 3 seconds flat. The poor little thing was hungry.”
Lack of support
Jennie Markley had her baby at 11:14PM and her insurance counted that as her first day in the hospital. As a result, the next day was her only full day in the hospital and she was only able to see the lactation consultant for a total of 10 minutes. Markley didn’t know how to get her child to latch properly and ended up doing some serious damage to her nipples. While they healed she give her daughter formula, and when she was ready to try again, her daughter preferred the bottle. Markley wanted to breastfeed, but she notes, “But between the cost of the [lactation consultant] visits and the breast pump it was unsuccessful.”
Breastfeeding is a taxing but rewarding journey for both mom and baby. But it’s also a personal one and no matter what you decide, it’s important for all moms to get support. Said Benedict, “Once a woman gets through the first very difficult month, she is likely to go the distance for at least several months. If she knows up front that the first two to three weeks are going to be hard, and she may need regular lactation consultations for a couple weeks, but that this will be compensated for by greater ease of feeding (and baby benefits) later, she is likely to make it through that first challenging month.”
As for me, I’m taking it one day at a time. And despite the frustration, I love that my daughter’s chubby rolls are 100% my creation.
Have you stopped breastfeeding? If so, what was your reason?
About the Author:
Lyz Lenz is a writer, a mom and a midwesterner. Although, not in that order. She lives in Iowa and on the web at LyzLenz.com