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DD#1: it really did come easy to us, just sore nipples and that was it.
DS#1 and #2: Twins, all new ball game. They were 6 weeks early, and had all sorts of problems.
That having been said, I wouldn't do it any other way. DS is now nearly 19 mos and still nursing. I'm 5 1/2 mos pregnant with DD and the only challenge we have now is tender nipples from the pregnancy.
I understand moms who have challenges and give up, but (meaning no offense to anyone) I really think they are missing out on something amazing!
#2 was very difficult, but it was due to the circumstances and his health. Very long story, but I didn't get him latched on for almost a month and 1/2 and then I could only nurse him half the time because he wore out too quickly due to his heart condition. He had his first heart surgery at 3 months old and the day he was released from the hospital, was the last day he had a bottle for about 6 months. I continued nursing him until he was done at 19 months old.
mama to two boys 13 & 11...and due end of October 2015.
DS 2 was a piece of cake, except for the food allergies and weight gain issue caused by them. Once we figured out the elimination diet, it was all good.
DS 3 always had a great latch, no problems at all except a bit of soreness the first week which I thought was probably hormonal.
DD never had any issues, except that she's such a booby baby my babysitter has a bit of trouble getting her to take a bottle.
#1 born at 35 weeks by emergency c-section. I didn't hold her for almost 3 hrs after birth. Was given supplements without my consent. Had jaundice and was under lights in an isolette in the nursery for 2 days. I would go to feed her every 3 hours because thats all I was allowed but I'd show up 20 mins prior to watch her and half the time a nurse would have her out, giving her formula no matter how much I protested. I was in pain and shock at her early arrival and not as strong as I could have been. She had a very weak suck and swallow reflex as well. We get home and my milk never comes in. I rent hosp grade pump and see a few LCs. Nothing helps. Worst part was she had reactions to all formula except Alimentum.
#2 Full term, VBAC baby. Thought things would be easy. I was diagnosed with PCOS between pregnancies. I think thats one reason my milk never came in with #1. Anyhow he latched on within minutes of birth. Dropped a pound under his birthweight. Didn't pass meconium for days. Hardly urinated. But I kept on with the nursing. His latch sucks due to upper lip AND tongue tie. I tried an SNS but he wouldn't take to it even though I used one with #1 and have experience. Just wants breastmilk, can't blame him, formula is wicked nasty tasting. So he's small and nursed 45mins of every hour most of the time until we got domperidone. I had tried every other galactagogue(sp?) out there. Dom helps some. He still has only gained 8 oz in the 6 weeks since I've started. He's 7 months and has yet to double his bw. LC said she's shocked I'm still nursing but she doesn't know what more to do. He's never had more than 1/4 oz of formula from trying out the SNS and I'm proud of that. I just wish it were easier and I had a good supply for him.
mama to DD (7), DS (3.5), and another DS arriving in August!
Becky, sahm to 25/04/2000 Chloe 12/04/2002 Cameron 19/02/2004 Caitlin 28/06/2005 24/07/2006 and Caden 14/03/2008
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I feel so sad when I see the struggles some moms go through with nursing. Just not fair
Christine, mom to C(7.5) - E(5) - J(3) - B(10 mos)
Doula, childbirth educator, Co-leader of ICAN of Atlanta
"Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it." ~Anonymous