Need a solution to your specific breastfeeding problems?
Do you need some help from somebody who has been there, done that and gotten the sore nipples? Well, you have come to the right place!
This website is dedicated to the new Mommy who wants to prepare herself for a wonderful bonding time with her child. It is also dedicated to those Mothers who are already breastfeeding, who are searching for ways to increase milk supply, or who have any other specific breastfeeding problem.
I have two children, a boy (Tyler) born in 2007, and a girl (Lisa) born in 2011.
When I had Tyler, I was told that he was too "big" to give normal birth to, which I realize now, was a lie. He was only 3,5kg at 38 weeks. I went with it, not knowing any better. I was naive and never once thought about questioning the doctor, and had never even heard of the term "making an informed decision."
I had a planned C section, and everything went as planned until I tried to breastfeed. I had absolutely no help whatsoever and knew nothing about breastfeeding. I never really gave it a second thought and always assumed that it would be smooth sailing. Well, I struggled to get him latched on. I assumed that I was not producing enough milk and then started pumping instead of breastfeeding, to see how much I was producing. Well, it all went downhill from there! My milk supply slowly dwindled, and after about two months of trying and crying, I gave up. I went through depression - I felt that I had failed my baby.
I believed that I had a low milk supply. Nobody explained the workings of breastfeeding at the hospital, and my mother never breastfed me. I didn't realize that I needed to have my baby physically at the breast to stimulate breast milk production.
I wanted to know why I wasn’t able to produce enough milk but found no support online. This was the original reason I started this site. After all the research I did, I realized that there was actually nothing wrong with me (that could not be remedied) and that I was just lacking the info. I was determined to make breastfeeding work the second time around, but at the back of my mind, I still doubted that I could successfully breastfeed.
I decided then that I would find out as much as I could about breastfeeding. This website was started to help myself and other mothers with breastfeeding problems. So I did a lot of research and figured out where I had made my mistakes. I loved learning about breastfeeding and loved being able to help other moms, too.
I came to the conclusion that I would be better off having a natural birth if I wanted the best chance at breastfeeding my second baby, so I decided to have a Vback (vaginal birth after c-section). I wanted a home, water birth, and I got what I wanted, without a doctor (none of the doctors would support my decision to have a Vback). I found a wonderful midwife (Sue King) and Doula, who were there for me at the end (unfortunately not during my pregnancy).
I went into labor two days early, and when the midwife got there, I was already 9cm dilated. I was in labor for a total of six hours. I was very calm, and it was the most peaceful, enjoyable, and empowering experience of my life. The birth was completely natural, with no medication whatsoever.
I had absolutely no problems breastfeeding her - I knew what to do (because of the site and all the research). I am still breastfeeding my little girl at 15 months, and I am loving it. (Update - It's now been over five years - Lisa breastfed until she was two).
I am currently studying through Childbirth International as a breastfeeding counselor and birth Doula. I would like to help one mom at a time and make sure that they get what they need and deserve, right through their pregnancies as well as afterward.
I hope this encourages somebody.
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