tried so hard to breastfeed

by Jackie

Thank you all for sharing your stories! It helps me feel so much better!

With my first daughter I tried so hard to breastfeed. I went to a class to learn how, I had the pump and when I had her she seemed to latch like a pro, but she was very fussy.

We figured out I wasn't producing milk, I'd pump and get drops. The lactation consultant encouraged me to use a surringe to capture the drops I was producing and feed that to my baby, and also to keep nursing exclusively, she said my supply just needed some time to come in. Being a first time mom, I didn't know any better so I followed the advice I was given.

Because my daughter latched so well and would continue sucking, I thought I was producing milk.

At my daughters first office visit, she had lost over 10% of her birth weight and was very jaundice.

We had to readmitt her to the hospital for photo therapy. The lack of nutrition caused her billy rubin levels to sky rocket (she wasn't pooping enough to get rid of the br).

My pediatrican came into check on her in the hospital and took me aside and said "I don't want to tell you not to breastfeed, but this baby needs food. I was a formula fed baby, you were a formula fed baby and we turned out fine. Breastfeeding just doesn't work for everyone and that's ok."

I have shared that story before and people have said that was irresponsible of a pediatrian to say, but at that time it was the best advice anyone had given me.

I had issues with my second child as well. We suspect it may have something to do with my PCOS. Both of my children are happy, smart, and well developed (not obese).

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