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Chasing adventure & living mindfully while parenting through mental illness


Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding is probably the biggest area of stress for so many moms. There is so much judgment tied to the decision on how to feed your child. For many women, it isn't a choice - their body or their baby simply doesn't do what is necessary to have the ability to breastfeed.We were somewhat in that boat with Breccan. He didn't properly latch until 8 weeks do to pain from his difficult birth. I was pumping around the clock, attempting to breastfeed, feeding him the pumped milk, washing all the parts then starting the cycle again. It was a full time job just feeding him! We tried formula, but it wasn't much less work with all the sterilizing, and it made his tummy so upset he just screamed. We saw every lactation specialist that our insurance would cover, and every one had a different theory about what we were supposed to do.imageEventually, we tried Cranio-Sacral Therapy (which I totally thought was a waste of money), and a few days later he latched, though poorly. After a few weeks, we had mastered feeding, and he breastfed until 14 months.One of the biggest points of anxiety for me while I was pregnant was breastfeeding. Would we have trouble again?Luckily, Olin is a champ. He latched an hour after birth. I didn't cry when he was born, but I shook and ugly-cried when he fed for the first time. We had a few issues - this time we had the opposite problem because Olin ate/eats all the time and has a very powerful latch. I ended up using a shield for awhile, and still do on occasion (at night if his latch is lazy, or of he has a day of serious clusterfeeding). I'm very lucky he is a good feeder, because it makes getting out and about so much easier.


Toddler Tourism: Hastings Racecourse

Toddler Tourism: Hastings Racecourse


Science

Science