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Take A Deep Breath, Mama. We’re So Glad You’re Here.

Real Stories of Baby Feeding Journeys

By eleven11

August is National Breastfeeding Month and a few weeks ago we asked this community to share their breastfeeding and chestfeeding stories and were, once again, blown away by the submissions we received.

It’s paramount to the success of the motherhood community at large that we continue to share, amplify, and support storytelling. It is through storytelling that we can truly connect to each other, creating an undeniable wave of wisdom, support, and knowledge that gets passed down from one mother to the next.

Trust What Is Right For You

With my firstborn, I began our journey with breastfeeding fraught with anxiety. My mother had struggled greatly with low supply and my mother-in-law had not been successfully able to nurse any of her three children. When my son was born we struggled for the first few weeks and I spoke with numerous lactation consultants and nurses. They all kept telling me I shouldn’t be experiencing any pain and yet I was – even with a good deep latch and proper positioning. Every time he would latch on it was excruciatingly painful. Interestingly, unlike my own mother, I had an oversupply and a strong letdown, which comes with its own set of challenges.

Eventually, after about a month of perseverance, it all finally clicked. For us, I truly believe what helped was letting go of all the technical advice we had been given and just go with what felt natural for us both. The knowledge and guidance of lactation consultants is invaluable, but when it all comes down to it, it’s just you and your baby. I ended up nursing my boy until he was 15 months old, during which time I got mastitis once and donated 5 litres of milk. I am incredibly proud of my breastfeeding experience with my son and so grateful for it.

My newborn is also being breastfed but it has been a totally different experience. My newborn isn’t as enthusiastic an eater as my firstborn and, unlike my firstborn, actually sleeps through the night. This has been a blessing and a curse because, with an oversupply, I am much more frequently engorged. Pumping has helped but with a toddler it’s definitely more of a challenge.

I can’t say how long I’ll be nursing this time around but I’m grateful to have been able to do it at all for both my sons.