Highs and Lows of Breastfeeding
My journey into breastfeeding and bottle feeding got off to a rocky start. Me and my daughter both had our first go at it. I was learning the football hold and she was mastering her latch. The lactation consultant was not able to see me until day 3 of my hospital stay so I was supplementing with formula and feeding from a syringe. All my precious colostrum was wasted, but once we got the hang of the breastfeeding I assumed it was smooth sailing. Unfortunately, it was much harder than I thought it would be and we eventually switched to bottles and supplemented with formula. I was nervous she would have nipple confusion and refuse my breast, but that never became a problem. She transitioned easily between the two.
Within a few weeks, breastfeeding came naturally for the both of us and I went back to work. Pumping wasn't my cup of tea, but feeding my daughter breast milk was important in my book. I was able to create a stockpile of milk to store in the freezer.
All was good for awhile until my supply dropped. My daughter started to sleep through the night and mother nature dropped off a gift. (I hadn't seen her around in awhile!) I made sure to step up my pumping game and offer my boob more to boost my supply. At one point, my production increased so much that I developed mastitis. (Talk about literal ups and downs of breastfeeding). Even though my supply had been regulated, it would still fluctuate from time to time.
Now at 6 months, my daughter can seamlessly go back an forth between breast and bottle. She's eating well and has more rolls than a bakery! Something that was once so intimidating, now comes naturally. Whether formula or breast milk or bottle of boob, fed is best.
About the Author
Courtney Ticen - Guest Blogger
Courtney, a member of the Nanobébé team, is a new mom herself living in Charleston, SC. She and her family enjoy adventuring around the world, giving back and spending time in nature.