Saturday, December 17, 2011

Breast Feeding Blues!

I never tried breast feeding to my eldest daughter before,so breast feeding to my little one right now is all "NEW" to me.The first day of her life was the first time I tried to nursed her,it went well that day,but later at night,it turns to a nightmare.

I did not have the milk yet to supply her hunger,all I've got is the colostrum which is not enough to support her needs. With the help of all the nurses and nutritionist at the hospital,I tried hard to comfort her with my warm hug and put her close to my heart that she can felt my heartbeat. She calm down for a bit but later on she started screaming again,I felt frustrated feeling sorry for my baby,I would like to give up right away and want to give her a formula but nurses and Doctor's encouraged me to breast feed and not to give up.

Until the day we went home,I still haven't yet my milk to come out.My breast started to swell because of trying my little one to latch on me even though I don't have a milk yet.She got so frustrated and so am I that I end up crying and told my husband to buy a formula at the nearest store. I gave her the formula but I did not give up trying to check if I got little milk or what,until the fallowing day my milk start to come.

I was so engorged that my breast want to explode,I started crying again because by the time that my milk comes out my nipple was so sore that I cant let my little one to latch on me.That was so horrible and very painful experienced.I went to the public health in town to seek advice,they couldn't tell me exactly what to do although they tried their best to explain and encouraged me not to give up on breast feeding.

The public health gave me a nice pump to pump my milk out,but still I couldn't do it because of my nipple so sore,so I called my Doctor but he wasn't available that time,one of his P.A. answered my call and scheduled to see me that day.She checked me and she told me I was so engorged that I really need to either pump the milk or try to nurse my little one.She knew that it would be so painful for me to pump or nurse,so she told me to buy a nipple shield to protect my nipple,and that was it! My problem was solved!

Yes,breast feeding is a challenging experience but enjoying at the same time,the only problem I can see is the hassle,because if you are going to shop or even you have an appointment you need to breast feed your little one when she/he gets hungry.If you are in the shopping mall you have to run to a dressing room to feed,if you are in the clinic? Forget there are nurses or Doctor's in front of you,baby's needs comes first,so open that "boobie milk" right here,right now! lol!

Yes you can pump a milk to take it with you whenever you have to go somewhere but still... "pumping" is hassle too... "Oh well,I guess that is the life of a MOMMY". I never regret I breast feed because I feel more closer to my little one,plus I save money for not buying formula,plus I save time for not washing bottles everyday,plus I am more feeling safe breast feeding her than giving her a formula,plus,plus...a lot more :)

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