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With my son, breastfeeding was a much more difficult journey. I exclusively nursed him the first 6 weeks of his life. However, he eventually got to a point where he could not stop spitting up, was a “failure to thrive,” and having torturous acid reflux.
After a week in the hospital, we finally found that he had a milk/soy intolerance. For the next 8 months, I struggled eliminating milk and soy from my diet and overcoming a low milk supply. Each and every day consisted of tears, lactation cookies, and hopes for success.
I was forced to exclusively pump because of his weight loss and his new found latching problems.
I had to keep track of exactly how many ounces of milk he was drinking. Once my son was 10 months old, my milk supply had dropped and I had nothing left. Luckily, by this point, baby’s intolerance had lessened so we were able to switch him to formula smoothly for the next 2 months until we started whole milk.
By the time I had baby girl, the idea of breastfeeding was a walk in the park. I had my mind set on exactly what I was going to do and how. As soon as she was born, I had her latched for almost an entire 24 hours. My milk supply definitely thanked me for that later. I had so much frozen milk that baby girl didn’t have to have any formula. (Yes, I am aware that I am very lucky). I fed baby on demand, she was gaining plenty of weight, and latching was no big deal. I nurse her whenever I am with her and pump twice at work.
She is 11 months and I plan to continue breastfeeding until she is a year old. This time, my experience involved no tears and no cookies. Well, no lactation cookies, that is. Hopefully throughout this blog, if you choose to nurse, I can help to make your experience just a little bit easier. Let me know if you have any questions of if there is any way I can help!
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