Great news this morning - Nicolette gained another 4.25 oz last week so I think we're on the right track with breastfeeding! HOORAY!
|Caught mid-stretch...When I see her in her sweet little leg warmers I can't help but sing "She's a Maniac, Maniac on the floor" - you know from "Flashdance"? :) )|
|The stash - this stuff is liquid gold...hours and hours of hard work to build this up!|
- It is HARD work!
- Although it is a natural, biological function it does not come easily to all mommies (or babies for that matter...babies need practice too).
- That it can take two months or more for mommy and baby to form a comfortable nursing relationship. (we didn't start clicking until nearly 6 weeks).
- LOTS of mommies have LOTS of problems with breastfeeding. From all of the mothers I've spoken with MORE of them had issues than not. It's not this seamless experience where your baby is placed on your chest and instinctively starts nursing (at least not for most of the mommies I've spoken to). I wish I had known this earlier on and perhaps I wouldn't have been so hard on myself.
- How LONG nursing sessions can take - I've had nursing sessions as short as 20 minutes (maybe 2 or 3 times) but more often than not we're nursing for 40+ minutes (with the longest on record being 1 hour and 20 minutes).
- That you have to man-handle your baby...I always had these images of this sweet gentle baby nicely "latching on"...well that isn't the case. In the hospital my 3am nurse took my precious baby's head and literally jammed it right on there.
- New mommies should ask for help even if they think that things are going fine - better to get help as EARLY in the process as possible.
- There is an organization called the La Leche League which meets monthly. Their whole purpose is to educate women about breastfeeding and provide mother-to-mother support and encouragement. It would have been so helpful to attend at least one of these meetings BEFORE having Nicolette. I just assumed that since breastfeeding is natural that it would just happen for us...especially since I had a non-medicated birth and wouldn't be dealing with a drowsy baby or mommy due to drugs administered during labor.
- That it can HURT when things aren't going right...cracks, blisters, etc are all battle scars that may be earned along the way and although it isn't correct it is normal to have some of these things...they're all signs that the baby's latch is not correct. FYI - Virgin Coconut Oil works WONDERS on blisters and cracks! Better than any other topical ointment I tried. And it's all natural!