it isn't just me who has struggled
It's so good to read these stories and finally know that it isn't just me who has struggled.
My daughter is 8 months old, I was always fully intent on breastfeeding exclusively, but this wasn't to be. I had to supplement with formula from two weeks which I found totally heartbreaking.
I tried everything I could: doctor prescribed medication, herbal supplements, pumping, days on end in bed getting skin-to-skin contact, a lactation consultant, I visited a kineseologist, practised EFT (emotional freedon technique - clears emotional blockages) joined La Leche League, requested hormone and thryoid tests from my doctor but nothing helped.
I still put my baby to my breast although she gets so little, it really acts as a soother. I found the lack of support almost unbearable, there is so little understanding for women who don't produce enough milk.
My nurse thought I had postnatal depression as I would get upset by not being able to feed my baby, I was told that shouldn't make me sad. The worst thing for me was the attitude of professionals who didn't offer support but instead expected me to give my baby a bottle and get on with it.
No one understood my deep need to breastfeed my baby, and my utter desperation at not being able to. I'm blessed with being pregnant again. Although I'm already anxious (I know this won't help!!) about feeding our next baby, as I know I don't have the strength to go through it all again.
I'm hoping my next experience is better but I'll have to take each day as it comes. Thank you all for sharing your stories X