Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world. You’re providing the nectar of life for your child. Giving your child the very essence of your life so they can grow big and strong. Letting them literally sucking the life right out of you. So you think that it would come naturally, right? Wrong! It is a learning process for both you (if it is your first time) and for your child. As perfect as your little angel is, he or she still has to learn how to eat. This can be a challenge for some first time moms.
When I Started Breastfeeding
My first time was awful. I had just had a cesarean because my precious daughter would not line up. I was not dilating any further than five centimeters, even after two doses of Pitocin, and I was thirsty as all get out. Plus, once you deliver, they have to push on your stomach every 15 minutes for the first hour, then every 30 minutes for an hour then they do it once an hour. This is to ensure that everything is going back the way it should be. I’m sure you can imagine, after having a baby pulled out of your stomach, how delightful this is. After all that, it’s time to breastfeed.
Now I know I can be.. not nice. My husband tells me this all the time. But, after everything I just went through, you think a nurse would cut a woman some slack? Oh no. Not this gal. She wakes up my sleeping newborn and tells me to start breastfeeding. Ok, I can do this, kids gotta eat. Mind you it’s 3am and she is four hours old. Breastfeeding should be easy right? Oh no. I had such an awful nurse. Not only did she wake my sleeping newborn she didn’t even give me a chance to try to feed her myself. She just grabbed at my lady parts and started shoving my baby on me. Once I gave up trying, the nurse seemed content on doing it all, she looked at me and asked, “do you want my help or not?” I, being exhausted and severely annoyed, retorted with, “you don’t need to be so sassy.” She then had the nerve to say the same thing back to me. After everything I had been through that was the last thing I ever expected. After that night, I never saw that nurse in my room again.
Once I started working with the lactation consultant, about 7 am, I was able to get my baby to latch for a few minutes. The more I started breastfeeding the easier it got.
Getting your baby to latch may be a challenge at first. The best thing to do is to talk to a lactation consultant. They are VERY knowledgeable about what is going on in your body and can answer all of your breastfeeding questions. They can also give you advice on what to do and how to do it as well as explain the ‘why’ of it. Most consultants visit you daily while you’re in the hospital to make sure that you are able to properly feed your baby before you and your bundle of joy is discharged.
However, I’d you’re like me, you may have questions even after you have left the hospital. When I started breastfeeding, I had a ton of questions a week down the road. That’s fine. Just call the maternity ward, or if your lactation consultant has given you their contact information you can call them direct, and set up a time to go in (or they can answer over the phone) so that they can go over any of your questions. I chose to go in so that I could show her what I was doing and so she could critique me.
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