How I failed at breastfeeding

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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1249 posts
Bumble bee

@iarebridezilla:  Thanks for sharing your stories.  You have really been through a lot! It really helps to know what challenges can happen as a new mother. You have a great attitude. It has really helped me have a better idea of what can happen. 

Post # 4
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834 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Youre story mad me cry. Im 32 weeks pregnant so a lot makes me cry, but youre story was so nice to read. Im grateful you shared it for other mothers to learn from. I am excited to breastfeed and like you feel 1000% dedicated to making breastfeeding work, but if it doesnt…its not the end of the world and Im glad you realised that and helped me realise it as well. Thanks for sharing! Youre a strong woman.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@iarebridezilla:  I’m so glad you wrote this. Your experience was simply harrowing but it was real and honest and I think all mommies to be should read it. You truly put yourself through so much! You poor thing. You honestly did everything you could. Please don’t beat yourself up!

You’re going to be a great mommy and your baby will be perfectly fine.  I just know it. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@iarebridezilla:  I had a VERRRRY lazy nurser too, so the entire first part of your story completely resonated with me.  I’m so sorry it didn’t work out the way we thought it would, and you’re right- formula exists for a reason.

I did get my supply going though, and via pumping exclusively I was able to stash some in the freezer too.

AF came back, my supply dwindled and just kind of went down from there.  I knew I wasn’t going to make it to a year like I had originally hoped.  I started pulling from the freezer, and eventually started supplementing with formula while using my frozen milk.

I had some guilt at first, but you know what?  You’re right.  IT IS OK.  

I could seriously hug you for writing this all out.  And it is definitely all ok 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Thank you for sharing your story! It’s very refreshing to hear! I’m glad your LO is doing well with formula and you are feeling better! 

What a strong mama! 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Aww I just wanted to give you a huge hug when you said the part about the baby laying next to you while the pump brayed like a donkey. Thanks for sharing! I’m due in June and really am hoping to breastfeed, but it’s nice to read various experiences and know that everyone has a different story and that all of them are completely ok.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@iarebridezilla:  Thanks for sharing!  I really want to breastfeed 100% but I know it’s hard and it doesn’t always work out for people.  You did your best and that’s all that you can do!

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Thank you for sharing.

I always say that I’ll exclusively breast feed, so its good for me to read this and have more realistic expectations.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@iarebridezilla:  That’s definitely good to know! Even if you are only giving them a little it’s still good for them. My best friend just had a little girl and was having latching issues, at her first check up they realized she was tongue tied, so they fixed that and now she’s eating like a champ apparently. Another thing I’ll watch out for that I had never heard of!

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

You continue to be the strongest new Mommy I’ve ever heard of!

That sounds like it was a miserable experience. I’m glad you got through it! I’m also happy that people reached out and shared their breastfeeding experiences with you. Low production is stupid and awful, but a TON of women suffer from it.

 

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