Should You Breastfeed Your Baby?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Let's take a quick survey.

Question 1: Do you want to breastfeed your baby? Yes? Great! I think you should do it.

Question 2: Are you having problems breastfeeding your baby? Yes? No worries, ask for help or look into other options.

Question 3: Do you have no interest in breastfeeding what so ever? Yes? No problem! There are other ways to feed your child.

And there you go, my opinions on breastfeeding. End of blog post.

Just kidding.

But in all actuality, my breastfeeding journey has gone a little something like this so far. I've known from the start that I wanted to exclusively breastfeed. For one, it's free so yay to that.

When I was in the hospital right after having Kensington I was visited by a lactation consultant who was 10/10 one of the least helpful people I think I've ever met. Maybe I didn't ask the right questions, maybe she was in a hurry, all I know is I felt like I was pretty much on my own to figure out how to feed my baby and that was going to have to be that.

Let me tell you ladies, it was hard. Like, really hard. Kenzie had some issues latching for a little while to the point that she was getting milk but she was also (TMI warning) making my nipples bleed. I was almost at my breaking point so many times and I just felt like crying. I knew she was feeding but I was in so much pain that I thought about throwing in the towel early on.

Daniel being the wonderful, perfect husband that he is went to the store and bought me every product he could find that might help. Nipple covers for her to latch onto, creams, gel pads to help heal, etc. Once we got past the initial soreness, then came the next struggle, production.

I wanted to be able to produce enough that I could feed her and get some in the freezer for later down the road once I started back at work. I knew I was asking for a lot, and so I started using the breast pump every chance I could to keep my production up. I felt like nothing was working (I even drank alcohol-free beer because brewers yeast is supposed to help) and I did the best I could to just continue feeding her as needed and pumping when I could.

Finally we hit a groove. And then I got mastitis. If you've never heard of this, it's an incredibly painful breast infection caused by clogged milk ducts. I'll just tell you, it hurts. And it gave me a nice 102 degree fever which made holding the baby up to my chest for any period of time so incredibly uncomfortable. So we did the only thing that made sense for us at the time, we introduced formula.

I started giving her a couple of formula bottles a day and breastfeeding the rest of the time (or pumping and bottle feeding) we were lucky to have a baby that would take any bottle although now she sometimes fights it if I've been breastfeeding more often.

I found myself feeling bad at first for choosing to give her formula when I know how beneficial breastmilk can be for her, but then I thought, what the heck?! I'm feeding my baby and I'm doing what's best for all of us. End of story. Her doctor has been so impressed with her health since she was born, she is getting more then enough to eat between the formula and myself, and I am probably breastfeeding 3-5 times a day around my work and sleep schedule.

And for us, it works. Your breastfeeding journey may look completely different then mine, or you may decide to skip the whole thing altogether. And that's okay. The important thing is that you're feeding your child, in whatever form that may come for you.

So, my thoughts on breastfeeding are as stated in the beginning of this semi-rant. If you want to, awesome. If you can't, no problem. Do what is best for YOU and your family and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

1 comment

  1. I agree with you. Do what works for you as a mother. No one has the right to tell you how you should feed your child. At the end of the day fed is best.


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