The Low Down on Our Breastfeeding Challenges

Nipple confusion, tongue tie, and bad latching…oh my!  Apparently breastfeeding just wasn’t meant to be for us.  Mabel would scream and fight being at the breast and she was the queen of not latching.  But, I’ve finally come to accept it since I’m now less stressed and enjoying life more with Baby Mabel.  Oh and by the way…pumping is totally not fun.
 Did you have trouble breastfeeding?  Let me know!
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4 thoughts on “The Low Down on Our Breastfeeding Challenges

  1. Tess says:

    Your post reminds me sooooooo much of my first go-round with nursing. When my daughter was born she was whisked off to the nursery because I had a fever following delivery. There she was there for 12hrs and was given several bottles during that time; she was hungry of course. However, we never got the latch easily after that. After 5mos of using a nipple shield and pumping, etc. etc. It was just time to stop. She was constantly screaming (like you said Mabel does) and I was getting frustrated/feeling like a bad mommy. Once I realized at 3mos that she wasn't gaining weight, I said…formula it is. Baby was happy, mommy was happy, and today I have a very healthy normal kid! You do what's best for you and your little one. 🙂

  2. Holly says:

    I had trouble with my son for the longest time. He would pull away from the breast and scream ALL THE TIME. He gained weight well in the beginning and didn't gain hardly any from 2 to 3 months. We also both got thrush. Him first, then me. It would hurt so badly when I nursed him that I would literally cry through some feedings. I also became very frustrated when he would have growth spurts because he would want to nurse sooo much. For two weeks I ended up bottle feeding only (breast milk). I would pump every two hours no matter if he ate or not. Usually he did, he was a frequent nurser. He was pretty colicky for the first 4 months. Many times crying inconsolably. I was on the verge of depression but for some reason it was so important to me to breastfeed. Three things that I did that saved our nursing lives! I began to nurse in the bath tub around 3 months. I feel like this helped a lot. It helped relaxed both of us. Also, I would give him a bottle of about 1 to 2 oz of breast milk and then I would nurse him. It kept him from being hungry and frustrated that my flow was slower (or faster…never could figure it out). Finally, I would really pat his back when he would nurse…for whatever reason it kept him on my breast. So after all that, it all gets better I promise (even the awkward feeling of having milk in your breasts…I had the same feelings at first). And now my son is 14 months and still EBF. It feels very rewarding to know that I stuck it out even though I almost gave up. YOU ARE STRONG! YOU CAN DO IT! and so can Maybel! Sorry if this was so long and all over the place…I just relate so much to your vlog. GOOD LUCK!!

  3. mary says:

    You shouldn't be so hard on yourself. Both of my children were bottle/formula fed (including my 5 week old). There is such a sad and terrible society stigma against moms who bottle feed regardless of the reason. All that matters is that mabel is healthy and getting the nutrients she needs and it doesn't matter how that happens and it certainly doesn't make you a bad mother. My son is 4 and was formula fed and he is totally amazing, completely healthy, and we have an amazing bond. Don't beat yourself up. If it doesn't work for you, then it just doesn't work for you, and your baby will be beautiful and fine either way.

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