I’ve been meaning to write an update on my breastfeeding experience thus far, considering I blogged about breastfeeding at 3 weeks and how it wasn’t a walk in the park! Since then I have been through a number of enlightening experiences, and that’s putting it mildly… I warn you, this post is not for the faint hearted!
So when I began my journey in breastfeeding it was hard. Latching wasn’t fun and it hurt, a lot! A number of people said its normal especially for first timers and all, so I pushed on. Maybe I was stupid and just being stubborn but I never went to lactation specialist or any of those support groups although they did come over a couple of times and gave me the okay but by then a lot of the havoc had already been done!
When my mum was around I used to express milk and then she would feed Anjie, but somewhere along the line I wasn’t expressing as much as I used to and pumping hurt as well! So I introduced a bottle of formula which she took to nicely… Since then I’ve been giving her a bottle a day and that has worked nicely for us. She either takes it at 7pm or when we are out and about. This helped relieve pressure from me and gives me a nice break most days especially when hubby feeds her.
Anyway, back to my breastfeeding journey. One of the reasons why I actually introduced formula was because I had Mastitis, of course I didn’t know that was the name then. Mastitis happens when baby doesn’t empty out the milk in the breast and there is regular left overs. Eventually the breast becomes engorged, red and extremely painful. There is also a shooting pain in the breast and flu like symptoms… Yes, I had all this around week 4 of breastfeeding. And do you know the cure, aside from antibiotics (which you might not have to take if you catch it quick) and painkillers? Breastfeeding!! Imagine going through that much pain and you still have to breastfeed to empty out the breast!! Horrible feeling I tell you! But that is what The doctor ordered… Looking back, I’ll have to say it happened because Anjie and I favour a particular boob because it doesn’t hurt (for me) and flows faster (for her), so the unfavoured boobs suffered and I suffered for it!
Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I had Mastitis again… Because we still favour a boob. Once this happened again I decided to stop breastfeeding from the unfavoured boob. I did the research and found other people who did it thanks to BabyCenter, spoke to the doctor and began the process of weaning off one boob. I have to say it hurt a lot but we survived…
I’m glad I made that decision because breastfeeding is now a lot better for both of us and I wish I had done it sooner! But hey, you live and learn! I’m pretty sure my case is not the norm and I probably could have avoided some of my latching issues (even though I went heavy on the lanolin nipple cream amongst other things) and possible thrush attack but it happened either way and I’ve learnt from it… Hopefully my next breastfeeding experience will be a lot more enjoyable from the beginning! I just wish I was more informed before I started!
Does anybody have any breastfeeding tip or experience they would like to share because I’m pretty certain I haven’t seen or had it all!
Enjoy the rest of the week!
I’ll give an update on our 4 month sleep regression and holiday on my next post!