After years of wearing a "breast is best" in KiSwahili baseball cap and living in places where everyone on the bush taxi is a lactation consultant (seriously), I thought breastfeeding would be a fairly straightforward exercise. Alas, it is not the case for us. Having a c-section affected my milk supply, and in addition Baby Z was born tongue-tied (i.e. the real thing, not the idiom) so we had to see an oral surgeon to correct his condition. Basically the strip of muscle under his tongue was so extended that he was unable to latch. Luckily the specialist used a laser so no blood and a short recovery time, though poor Baby Z was an unhappy camper for the day. We already started him on formula, which I supplement with my own breastmilk through pumping. He also likes using a pacifier, another hospital habit. I've been seeing a lactation consultant, which has been helpful and encouraging, but doesn't make it all any less of a trial. So there's hope but also a lot of work for both of us. I'm hoping to get this all resolved by the time I return to work.
MoBob left on Thursday afternoon for France to pick up my sister-in-law and returns this afternoon. His absence made the past few days a little rough, especially at night, but I was lucky to have a lot of support. I had visitors scheduled every day, and Baby Z has been pretty good for the most part. Actually, since we've come home, MB has taken on the bulk of the childcare, and so this is really the first time that Baby Z and I have really hung out on our own.
He's so, so sweet!! Love that picture!! He looks like he's holding back a bit of a joke. :)
As hard as it is in that maelstrom of hormones and emotions please try to remember whatever happens will be okay. Pumping is a lot of work but any milk you can get to him is a plus. I take my hat off to you for trying so hard, it will be okay no matter how it turns out! (I remember people saying that to me and it seemed like they were full of it, but it was totally true. It will be okay!)
I had huge breastfeeding issues, but you don't have to give up. Do try and relax and supplement when you're frustrated. Took me weeks of 1 bottle of formula, pumping and nipple shields until she started latching. Eat oatmeal and drink lots of water to increase your supply. Can your husband get any halba/fenugreek from Morocco? You can make a tea out of it or buy some capsules. Here's an awesome video on how to increase supply through pumping: http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/MaxProduction.htmlLet me know if you need any help/advice. Took 3 weeks til mine got the hang of it. And I had a lot of good tips. LC can do wonders.
On April 22nd, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
He's a beauty!! Hang in there with the bf'ing, it really does get hard but I'm sending you lots of love and encouragement. Had the same problem with my 1st. Had to have her tongue clipped! Then it was feeding her from a cup (pumped milk) after every bf session...lots of improvising and tears, but we figured it out and so will you. Baby has love that's most important!