Sarah Breastfeeding Journey | Ohio Portrait photography by Talita Springer

August 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

"I always thought breastfeeding would be easy, although others had warned me otherwise, because it's so natural....it is what our bodies are supposed to be able to do. I delivered my beautiful baby boy and anticipated the amazing "crawl to the breast". I put him to my chest and after several attempts to latch, he fell asleep. I was so dissapointed, yet they assured me we'd try again soon. I ended up with a nipple shield, and a hungry, screaming baby the night we came home. After talking to the lactation consultants who told me my baby was starving, I ended up giving formula, crying through sad tears the whole time. Fast forward another couple of weeks after they told me he had a tongue and lip tie and that's why my nipple felt like shards of glass ripping through it, we had those lasered. I thought, finally it will get better, someone believes me when I say it hurts....but it didn't get better. Then my son was diagnosed with the cow milk protein intolerance, and I thought again I had failed. I was truly starting to realize how much I loved this tiny human, because I went dairy-free, and agonized through waiting three weeks for it to get out of his system. The first few months were a blur, and then one day it just hit me... No nipple pain, no reflux, no gas, and my skinny baby was a chubby little guy who thrived on what my body was able to provide for him alone. I truly understand what other moms go through, and I had the support to keep at it. Without it, I'm not sure I would have survived. Breastfeeding is beautiful and I am finally at a place where it benefits the both of us, and I am so grateful to be a part of this magical, special, time. " - Sarah

 

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