Posted by: Thyninne
Posted: 27 Feb 2004 10:40
Post subject: Wanted to share a success story ISSUES:
Pumping in the hospital
Well Jonathan is now six weeks old. He was born 4 weeks premature, and BF at first was challenging. He was just too tired to latch on and suck for very long. The first couple days at the hospital, we supplemented my colustrum (sp?) with formula. On day 2, I started expressing using an electric pump. Each time, I would get more and more colustrum. At each feeding, I would put him on the breast for as long as he could take it, usually trying to keep him awake, and then supplement with a bottle of my expressed milk. My milk came in the day we left the hospital, and we continued the routine at home. Feed on breast, bottle of expressed milk, then I would pump to empty the breast (I have a manual pump at home). As time went on, he started spending more and more time at the breast, and once he got rid of his jaundice, he became an eating machine...spending 10 - 30 minutes at each breast! He was getting his fill at each feeding from the breast, and we no longer had to supplement.
He was 6lbs 2oz at birth, and lost about 7% of his birth weight. He had regained his birth weight when he was about 2 1/2 weeks old. Well, I went and had him weighed yesterday, and he was 9lbs 9oz! The nurse said she could tell he was being breastfed because of the pads on his lips. When I told her what his birth weight had been, she said 'Wow! What have you been feeding him?'. When I told her my breast milk only, she said 'Well, it's obviously working!'. I must admit, that made me feel really good Makes it all worthwhile, knowing that I am doing what's best for him.
Well, this has become somewhat long-winded, but my point is to let new moms know that it is all worth it. The first 6 weeks can be a bit of a struggle as you get started, often you get conflicting advice...but the important thing is to stick with it, and find what works for you and your baby. It is so worth it in the end.
This board has been a big help as well, for advice as well as support. I think it is so important to have a support network.
Posted by: Thyninne
Posted: 01 Mar 2004 09:43
Thanks for the encouragement I must admit that the first couple of weeks were quite trying, and I was wondering if it is was worth it, b/c I felt like I really didn't like breastfeeding. But now I know it's all worth it, and I love breastfeeding!
Posted by: Katy Books
Posted: 03 May 2004 10:57
Post subject: A BF success story - 2nd time lucky! ISSUES:
Second baby breastfed after pumping for first
Firstly I wanted to say how informative I have found this board - there is such a wealth of information here and it is so helpful.
I wanted to share my story with you all and I hope it gives some incentive to others to keep on trying even when things dont go smoothly. With my first DS, I really wanted to BF. He had a very traumatic birth (induction and forceps) and was very sleepy from the drugs. When I asked a midwife in the hospital t show me how to BF, she took one look at my breasts and proclaimed "you will never feed with those nipples - they are far too flat". I was totally crestfallen. Over the next few days I tried desperately to BF but couldnt get the hang of it. The nurses put loads of pressure on me to use formula and claimed not to have the time to help me BF. Finally I gave up but expressed my milk for DS and gave it to him by bottle. I felt a total failure. Almost 4 years later I have now given birth to my second son. I was adamant that I would BF this time, no matter what. I read several really good books - "Best Feeding" and "What To Expect When You BF & What To Do If You Cant" and made sure I let my midwife know that I had had problems before and really wanted to do it this time. So when Caspar was born we tried straight away and he was interested - licking and nuzzling the nipple but didnt latch. For the first couple of days he had problems latching on but when he did manage it then he fed for 10 minutes or so. 3 weeks on and he is feeding really well! My nipples are drawn out by his sucking (but return to a flatish state inbetween feeds) and we find the best position to ensure a good latch is laying down tummy to tummy (altho we are getting better at sitting up!). So my message is this: ignore the crap about flat nipples being an issue. Read as much as you can about BFing, talk to as many women about it as you can, and when it comes to it relax and take your time. If it isn't working then stop, give baby a hug, calm yourself down too and then try again later.
DH Rogier; DS Harry Oliver (06/17/00)
AND NEW ARRIVAL CASPAR ALEXANDER 04/08/04!!!!
Angel babies Alice Rose (02/01/03) & Sebastiaan 04/22/03
Posted: 06 May 2004 20:30
Post subject: I guess I am a success at something! (VERY LONG WINDED) ISSUES:
Pumping in the hospital
FF first child due to problems
BF after sexual abuse
Lack of family support
I didn't breastfeed my first child. I wanted to... I read every book the library had available, but it doesn't make sense until you are "in the trenches". I was determined to have a baby with no pain meds and breastfeed for one year. Well, I got the first, but only because the nurses wouldn't give the meds to me until it was too late. At the hospital, I couldn't get Nick to latch on. I asked the nurses for help, but the most help I got was that my nipples weren't hard, therefore I couldn't nurse him. We tried to make them hard, but that didn't work either. After five days, he had lost over a pound and a half... The dr said we needed to at least suppliment... I was so scared because he had lost so much, that I figured I wasn't doing the kid any good and just gave him formula. The LC tried to convince me to keep going, and maybe I would have if I hadn't left the office to eat lunch and talk it over with family and then went back. My MIL didn't bf, my SIL didn't bf, my mom only bf me for four months and my youngest brother while he was in the hospital (if she did it more, I never saw it). So, with all the cards against me, I gave up.
When I found out I was pregnant again, I thought I should at least try to bf. It was a hard decision, and I started working it out in my head and on my birth month board (them poor woman reading me babble all the time) and figured out part of my problem with bfing is because I was molested as a child and have a hard time separeting the uses of the boob. When Chloe was born, we had the same problems as I did with Nick. My nipples were too big, her mouth was too small... I had additional problems tho. I had a c-section. Laying on my side (which they had me do the first night) only made my uterus displace and slide around in my stomach. I couldn't get help from DH. And I felt very alone... I had been in the hospital for two days BEFORE Chloe was born, so by the time she was born I was already stir crazy and getting depressed. On the last night I was at the hospital (I was due to be released the next day), I asked for a breast pump. I realized that the pacifier could only make her happy for so long... So I pumped... and I got 50 CCs of colostrum, and felt like a champ! I fed her the bottle and was so proud of myself. I pumped a few more times, and fed her the bottles right away (thank god we didn't suffer from nipple confusion since they were the skinny nipples)... So I got home, and borrowed a pump from WIC... Now, WIC is VERY pro bfing... They gave me a pump with used attachments... They said just wash them off and they'll be fine. ICK! Fortunately, I could use the kit they gave me at the hospital with the pump. So, I pumped for a few days, and decided just for fun to try to put her on the breast again. She latched on... I was so shocked! We've been latching on ever since. I'm now pumping, so that I can have some extras in the freezer. I end up giving Chloe a bottle every few days to let my nipples rest because they are still a bit large for her mouth, so she only gets nipple, and it hurts after awhile. I do the nipple sandwich thing, but still just nipple... I feel a lot better about myself... I think whatever down feelings I had about the c-section were off balanced by the fact that I can make milk! I've even bf in public... My mom gets all pissy about it, but darnit... who cares! I would give the baby the bottle in public. I nurse in front of my son because I want him to know that's how babys eat. He's real interested in my boobs now, but that's okay... He's interested in DH's too.
Nicholas Ian - November 13, 2002
Chloe Cameron - March 26, 2004
Posted: 04 Jul 2004 21:11
Post subject: My breastfeeding success story
Sleepy (extreme) baby
Positive Coombs test
Manual expression in hospital
Supplementation for weight gain
I read some other success stories, and they made me sooo happy! It made me want to share mine!
My daughter was smaller when born, 6lbs 3oz, and a positive blood type, mine is negative, she tested positive on the Coombs test (meaning my antbodies were attacking her body as a virus). As a result she was a VERY sleepy baby. We could not get her to wake for anything, even eating. The l/c came the second day to show me how to manually express colostrum into her mouth. The nurses would ask every time if she ate and then write rude comments on her chart when I said I was manually expressing. After going home we had to take her back to the ped's office every two days for a weight check, it took into the third week before she started gaining. At her smallest she was 5lbs 8oz. The ped had advised us to supplement with formula after every other feeding, which we did, I stopped that at about a month. I bought a pump to make sure my supply was up (and was going back to work part time later anyhow) and it was okay (2oz for both breasts). Also, I have very small nipples (they never changed during my whole pg) and she had a difficult time latching. I cried EVERY time she nursed for at least the first 3weeks, it hurt so bad. DH suggested giving her pumped breastmilk, but I was determined.
We stuck it out, and she started thriving, at 2mo she weighed in at 12lbs! She was in the 70%, I was sooo proud. By that point I had an overabundance of milk, I was always leaking and if she pulled off they would squirt all over. We both loved breastfeeding, and DH was all for it too. We breastfed until she was 14mo old, and I sure could have gone longer, but we were TTC, so thought it would be better to stop then. I would not have traded all my struggles for anything, as they made me more determined to keep at it, and sooo happy that I did!
I am really looking forward to breastfeeding this next baby, I miss that closeness and sharing myself with my baby in such a special intimate way. And knowing more now, I can handle bad latch, etc much better!
Pg #1: I had a TERRIBLE time bf-ing with my daughter, mostly due to my previous reduction surgery and my lac consult's apparant complete lack of understanding regarding breastfeeding after reduction issues. Everywhere I turned for help I heard either "Your heart is not in it; if it were, you'd make enough," or "What's the harm in using formula? It would make your life so much easier". No one seemed to understand that I simultaneously desperately wanted to bf but was willing to supplement what was needed to make up for what I wasn't producing. I bf for 45 minutes and pumped for 45 minutes every 2 hours for four months, then just quit. Very disappointing.
Pg #2: I'm currently 16 1/2 weeks pg, and have been proactively doing research and seeking professional guidance. My most helpful resource has been Diana West's book (published by the la Leche League) called "Defining your own success." I now feel confident that I will know WHEN supplementation is necessary, HOW MUCH my baby will need, and HOW to administer the supplement. I also have information about galactagogues, which I didn't even know existed until a couple of weeks ago. So, things are looking up!!!
Proud mommy of Ryan Julia, 11/13/01
ttc#2 9 months, donor sperm IUI
Proud mommy to be, due 7/7/05
Eventhough my DD quit me at 4 mos. I will post my story...
My DD was born 4 weeks early and I pumped for her while she was in the SCN. We did attempt to b/f but her mouth was so small. After 9 days she was released to come home. I continued to pump and found I had more progress with the Avent Isis manual pump than the automatics. We were still haveing latching on problems and I finally decided to go to our local hospitals b/f'ing group that met once a week. Finally at 7wks. of age my DD latched! Everything was good for about a week and then she kept getting upset everytime I would put her up to my breast. Again went through the reasons as to why she might be regressing, and found out that my letdown and flow were too much for her to handle. The LC had me try a nipple guard, which I know most people do not advise, but it did work for awhile. All along I was still pumping. We struggled off and on until at 4mos. of age she refused to nurse at the breast. She would get upset even if I offered it to her. So I decided that I needed to do something about it and started a daily pumping regiment. After getting sick twice and re-lactating twice at 6mo. of age I dried up. I wanted to get her to 6mos. anyways but when we got to that poing I felt bad that we could not go any further. I know I did my best and hopefully will have an easier time of it with the next one.
Kaya 12/13/03 www.kayaj.com
Unsupportive nursery staff
Nursing staff giving glucose/pacis without permission
I bf my dd for 20 months. But when she was born the nursery staff were not very supportive. They brought her to me with a pacifier in her mouth and a bottle glucose H20 they had already partially fed her. Luckily, DD latched on easily once we got home. I guess I was too scared to say anything to nurse's about what I wanted. So make sure your wishes are known. I learned my lesson and will be sure to speak up this time around!!!
Baby’s nursing posture
Breastfeeding was more difficult than I’d imagined
Importance of research and knowing what to expect
I pop in here from time to time.
DS was able to room in with me in the hospital. Even though I had a c section, he was very interested in BFing. During the inpatient stay, we had no problems.
Once I got home, everything was great, until one of my nipples developed a huge crack. It was so painful to get DS to latch on. Under pressure from DH, I pumped on that side for 2 days and BFed on the other side. Then I did some research and decided to start BFing on that side again. That has helped it heal so much better! Additionally, I put Lansinoh on both nipples after every feeding. I also noticed that although DS's latch was fine, his body posture wasn't right. I let him be lazy and lay flat, rather than facing in towards my body (with the cradle hold, at least). His position was keeping me from healing! Once I "fixed" his position, I started to feel so much better! My nipple is almost totally healed now and doesn't hurt at all.
One of my friends told me that BFing gets so much easier at 6 weeks, almost like magic, so I was determined to stick it out to the 6-week mark!
I wish I had known how difficult BFing could be! I watched my mom BF 3 kids and she was a LLL leader. I was always around so many BFing moms! All of those LLL moms made it look so easy!
Married to Greg 02/06/04
Step-mommy to Leah 07/29/00
Mommy to Uther 02/13/05