(Closed) breast feeding… my story

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Aww it isnt your fault! I am sorry you are going thru this. One of my besties went thru this too and we did find a solution that works for her. Take alfalfa tablets available thru puritans pride. Totally safe they are just greens but dairy farmers feed their cows alfalfa for a reason. Then start eating lots of pumpkin. It really boosted her milk supply and  it is the right time  of year to buy it! As weird as it may sound a lot of the Amish around here swear by it and since it has no negative side effects……

Post # 4
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868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@carriejuly:  As the daughter of a lactation consultant, I can say with 100% confidence that you are doing great! My mom always tells her clients that even one day of breast milk is a great gift that you gave to your child.  I can’t imagine the emotions that go along with really wanting to BF and struggling.  I’m haven’t had a baby yet (due in March) so I don’t have much in the way of advice, but I do wish you the best of luck in your BFing journey.  Thanks for sharing your story- I think that if women felt comfortable to be more open about their struggles, we would have less feelings of “guilt” or “shame”.  We can’t control the way our bodies produce/react.  Keep us up to date on how things go!

Post # 5
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2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Whatever you do, do not feel guilty. You are a great mom look at the lengths you aregoing to for your child. 😀 Hang in there momma! 

Post # 6
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7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I really, really wanted to breastfeed. Due to medical complications, my milk, literally, never came in. I tried and tried, she dropped tons of weight and started to get juandice. I saw several LCs. I even quit for a few weeks and then tried to relactate. I tried an SNS… everything. I went to extremes most women don’t.

Let me give you a piece of advice, from one woman who had a long struggle with breastfeeding to another…. it’s okay. It is. It’s been 6 months since I stopped BFing and I still have the pangs of bitterness and anger over the situation, but I have had my greiving period and I have come to terms with what happened. Formula was what was best for my daughter and I. She is gorgeous and healthy and happy and, in the end, that’s what matters, not what she’s eating.

There is a certain point where breastfeeding is NOT what is best for mother and child. There is a point where the struggle is doing more harm than good. There is a point where the mother is holding on more for herself than her child. When you reach that point… it’s time to say that you did your best and move on. My LC told me something when I finally made the decision to switch totally to formula that I will never forget. She said that when breastfeeding is causing so much stress that you dread your child being hungry and having to feed her/him, then stop breastfeeding because it’s not worth it.

You are doing your best. You are trying everything you can to make this work. You should absolutely, 100% NOT feel guilty if it doesn’t work out. I know that you won’t feel that way now and there is nothing I can say that will stop those feelings, but it’s true. You are not a failure. You are a good mom. You are.

Feel free to PM me any time. I’ve been there. I know what you’re going through.

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