Saturday, March 19, 2011
Mama Didn't Raise No Quitter
Hello mama's and mama-to-be's (since most of you reading this are)! I just wanted to tell all of you THANK YOU for all the love, support, and advice about breastfeeding. Since my post about my struggle with it, I've received emails, messages, and phone calls with such great encouragement. It's so relieving to know I'm not alone with this issue. Many women struggle with breastfeeding for the same reasons I do (I guess we just don't talk about it very much). I guess it's a little taboo to say it out loud but I'm glad I did because I wouldn't feel this much better about it had I kept quiet.
Feeling nauseous (caused by hormones), smothered, and just not enjoying the feeling is completely normal and common! Thank goodness - I'm not an alien! I've decided to really stick it out. I've had my hiccups in the short time I've been doing it so far but I have no health reason to quit now and my mama didn't raise no quitter. Plus, I think Isaiah might get nightmares if I take away his nurse ;).
We did decide to give him a bottle at night (sometimes formula and sometimes breastmilk) to make sure he's nice and full before bedtime. This definitely has helped us establish a routine and helps Isaiah sleep for at least 5 hrs (for the first stretch). We're learning...we're getting there!
So...here's to the roller coaster of breastfeeding!