I thought with it being a natural process Breastfeeding would be easy & come very naturally. I assumed she would be born knowing what to do – it’s now clear I had a very naive attitude. Our NCT classes had a 3 hour session on Breastfeeding (with dads encouraged to attend). I thought this seemed excessive for such a natural process. I could not have been more wrong and I ended up having a lot of breastfeeding problems after my c section.
I didn’t realise that Breastfeeding problems were so common. The latch was our first breastfeeding problem; in the hospital the midwives would come and help and teach me tips which were useful but still it was a 3 man effort getting baby to latch (me, daddy & baby)!
I was worried the baby wasn’t getting enough milk as she seemed to constantly be attached to me; we were feeding on demand and she was feeding every 2 hours for an hour or so. In the evenings it was usually a marathon of feeding between 6pm and 9pm continuously. Miss H was still waking at 11, 1, 3, 5 and 7am for food. I also had problems expressing; again my assumption was that this would be easy. I used the Tommee Tippee Electric Breast Pump but only ever was able to express a maximum of 1oZ at a time. This added to me wondering was my baby getting enough! My fears were allayed at the first weigh in with an 13oz gain. I started thinking I was imagining my breastfeeding problems!
My nipples became really cracked and my midwife recommended Lansinoh Nipple Cream, I have to say it was expensive but worth every penny. The mothercare one I had been using had made no difference and a week an the Lansinoh repaired them in hours!
I only managed to breastfeed for 3 weeks in the end as it turned out Miss H had a dairy allergy which was causing her reflux. I have to say part of me was relieved after all the breastfeeding problems I had.
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