Please, don’t be alarmed by the title! Some people are comfortable openly talking about this, some are not. This post is pretty open, so if you don’t want to hear about my boobs, please pass this one over, I won’t judge you 🙂 Breastfeeding isn’t always for everyone, but I am a big advocate of it’s benefits. In my case, I had to become comfortable being open about my breastfeeding journey. With Nora, I was unable to nurse due to latching issues. I was completely devastated, embarrassed and so let down that I wasn’t able to nurse, even though I did the unpopular choice and exclusively pumped for 9 months (something I’m incredibly proud of). Although I wouldn’t go back and change EPing with Nora, I so wish that I would have been able to nurse her for so many reasons. And I truly think that I would have been able to if I would have had the help that I did this time around with Andersyn.
The very day that we found out that we were pregnant, Eric and I started praying for a baby who would breastfeed with out any problems. Being tied down to my pump with Nora for so long was so draining and debilitating and I just didn’t want that this time around. I can joyfully say that our prayers have been more than answered in the way that little Andersyn nurses.
Right after Andi was born, we tried nursing with no luck. However, after being moved into our post partum room, we tried again about 3 hours after she was born and she latched right on and started nursing. Eric and I looked at each other in total disbelief. Andi continued to nurse, irregularly but well, while we were in the hospital, but I was nervous when my milk wasn’t coming in right away (it took almost a whole week for my milk to come in with Nora) and her weight dropped by 7% by her second day of life. So in the middle of the night at the hospital, I asked for a pump to help bring my milk in more quickly. Although my milk didn’t come in until 5 days post partum, I did start to feel it coming in and was producing more colostrum with in 24 hours of using the pump. I then fed her the pumped colostrum off of my finger through a little tube right after I pumped it. Andersyn continued to nurse well as far as I could tell, and the lactation consultants at the hospital agreed. They were so helpful and encouraging, something I had not received from the LCs when I had Nora.
I wrote this post to hopefully be an encouragement to other moms out there who want to breastfeed or have questions as to what we did that helped us. I am also writing this because I am SO proud that we are able to breastfeed this time around. I can’t say enough how happy it makes me and I’m excited to see where this journey leads.