Friday, September 10, 2010

Breastfeeding Is Best for All Babies

     the Baby Store PLUS September Breastfeeding Celebration
     The Baby Store Plus is having an event this month called "Breastfeeding Is Best for All Babies".  There is lots of information about breastfeeding and even some great giveaways, including a breast pump.  I am writing this post in response to the giveaways, but also because I want to share my story.
    
     I really believe that Breastfeeding Is Best for All Babies.  I knew before I was even pregnant that I wanted to breastfeed my children.  When I became pregnant with Jayden I began collecting supplies to aid in breastfeeding, like a breastfeeding pillow, some nursing bra's, breast pump, and more.  I was so excited to get started with my baby.  My OB/GYN and I discussed my wants and that I wanted to breastfeed immediately after birth and I also discussed this with my pediatrician.  Everyone was so supportive of my decision. 
     Finally the day came and Jayden made his appearance.  The nurse at the hospital helped me right after his birth to get him latched and started eating.  I was so happy, he fed for about 20 minutes.  We moved into the recovery room and I continued to nurse.  I was lucky to get a nurse that was also a lactation consultant.  She was happy to have me, because the other moms that gave birth that day wanted to formula feed.  She noticed right away that Jayden was tongue tied, but stated that it looked like he was doing well and it was not posing a problem. 
     I went home the next day thinking I was doing great!  Then Jayden became a little fussy and it was not as easy at home.  He had a doctor appointment the next day (a different doctor in the office saw us) so I talked to the doctor.  Jayden lost more weight and the doctor said he was dehydrated, probably because my milk had not come in.  He told me I had to supplement with formula because he was not getting enough.  By then my nipples were sore, cracked and bleeding.  I was so upset and went home crying.  I called my Humana Nurse and she gave me advice on getting my milk supply to come in.  I also called the hospital and made an appointment with the lactation consultant. 

     The Lactation consultant confirmed that Jayden was tongue-tied and that I needed to go on nipple rest because he was tearing me up.  I was so sad!  She suggested renting a hospital grade pump and pumping.  She said my milk will come in and I can bottle feed him what I pump and limit the formula until I can pump enough for his feedings or get him back to the breast. 
     My milk came in a day later and I was able to pump all his milk with in a day or two.. I was so happy that he only had formula for a few days.  But it was not so easy to get him back on the breast.  My pediatrician confirmed that he was tongue tied and sent me to a ENT doctor to look at it. 
     We went to the ENT and he decided that Jayden's tongue was pretty tight and thick so he needed to do outpatient surgery, but did not want to do it until he was 3 months old.  I pleaded that I wanted to breastfeed, but had to go back to work at 3 months.  So the doctor decided that since Jayden was a BIG boy he could handle surgery at 2 months and that would give me a month to work on breastfeeding.  Which made me happy and sad.. that meant 2 months of pumping and not breastfeeding. 
     Finally the day came for surgery, so my mom went with me to the Children's Hospital (John HAD to work).  I was so very worried!!  The ENT and the anesthesiologist both came and told me it would only be like 15 minutes and it will be a quick easy surgery.  I sat nervously in the waiting room when after 13 minutes the doctor came out and said everything went great and the nurse would be out to get me soon.  About 1 minute after he left the nurse came.  We went in the back and Jayden was screaming and crying.  I tried to breastfeed, but he was having none of that.  The nurse brought me some pedalite and Jayden sucked it down. 
    For the next month I worked at breastfeeding, but every time I brought him to my breast he screamed and cried... causing me to cry!!  I was so upset.  He had decided the bottle was easier and was frustrated by my breast for too long. 
     I was still pumping all of his milk and then some!  Yes I was freezing bags of milk daily.  I continued to pump and feed him, while I tried to latch him.  Finally it was months and he would not latch to I just stuck to pumping.  I only had the hospital grade pump for a month so I went to a Medela PIS that I had.  It worked great as I pumped all of Jayden's milk and then SOME MORE!
     I was pumping so much milk I had to do something.. had 2 freezers full!  I decided to donate.  I found a wonderful family in Tuscon that had an adopted little girl only a month older than Jayden.  They came and picked up milk about 3 or 4 times.  And when I say picked up I mean brought a full size ice chest and filled it!!  Crazy I know!!!  See I was meant to breastfeed.  I was able to donate all of that and Jayden had exclusive breast milk for a year and then I spilt his milk between cows milk and breast milk for the next 5 months or so.
     It was a lot of work pumping constantly, but it helped to know I was doing what is best for my little man.  Plus I work for a company that believes Breastfeeding is Best too and they provide lots to help.  At my office there is a pumping room.. kind of a closet with a small table and rocking chair.  But at least its not a bathroom.  Plus I was given plenty of time to pump!
     I believe that breastmilk was best for my baby and all babies!  I am hoping that when I have my next baby he or she will not be tongue tied and I will be able to breastfeed successfully!!  Don't forget to hop on over to The Baby Store Plus Blog to learn more about breastfeeding and enter some great giveaways!

9 comments:

  1. What a moving story of your experience. I am so proud of you for sticking with it because even though you didn't get to actually breastfeed Jayden, you did give him the very best by pumping your breastmilk. You also helped an adopted baby too. That is wonderful!

    Thank you for sharing :)

    Anna

    PS Good Luck in our giveaway!

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  2. Aw, first off, love those pics!
    So impressed that you did all that... You're a trooper and a hero! =)

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  3. Phase 2 is now live...you are free to enter that giveaway too!

    http://thebabystoreplus.blogspot.com/2010/09/phase-2-blog-hop-with-easy-expression.html

    Anna

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  4. What a great story, thanks for sharing.

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  5. Thank you for your story! I had a rough go the first time around too- hoping it's better for us.

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  6. OMG! That sounds like a nightmare but you were very lucky that you could pump really well and help somone else out. I'm having to give my 6 week old formula because he doesn't weigh enough and I hate it! I hope to get back to breast milk only. Thanks for your brave story it gives me more hope.

    sweetdiva666atyahoodotcom

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  7. Thank you for sharing your story - it brings back lots of emotions! Why does it have to be so hard?!? What dedication to pump for sooo long. Not fun. I hope it's much easier for you in the future!!

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  8. thanks for sharing your story - I was almost exclusively pumping too, but my milk never came in as well as yours so we had to supplement for a long while. Now that I am pregnant again, I am hoping for a smoother bf experience, but I know we will weather whatever comes...

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  9. I am so impressed but your story. I admire you for doing what you know to be best for your baby!

    www.life-semicrunchy.blogspot.com

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