Breastfeeding: To be or Not to be
Breastfeeding: to be or not to be? Well for me, it was definitely “to be”! After the initial, “Oh my God, I’m pregnant, now what do I do?” phase wore off, breastfeeding was never a real choice for me. It was going to be as natural as changing my daughter’s diapers.
One of the most beautiful moments of my life occurred when I was brought into the recovery room after having my C-section. When our nurse laid our daughter on me for skin to skin, she told me that Stella would naturally migrate herself from my shoulder to my breast all on her own for her first feeding. I thought she was crazy until there she was, barely an hour old and she was moving herself down to my breast. The nurse explained that the pheromone that my body’s milk gives off attracts the baby to the nipple for breastfeeding. Crazy, huh?
From then, I was hooked. My wonderful nurse introduced me to one of the most amazing products: lanolin cream (insert singing praise). I experienced cracking and bleeding nipples, but I continued breastfeeding with no issues and felt proud to be doing this for my daughter. From all of the health benefits for Stella, to the amazing bond we created over feedings , and not to mention the weight loss, I felt great about my choice.
I thought she was crazy until there she was, barely an hour old and she was moving herself down to my breast.
Unfortunately, I found myself with mastitis, a breast infection where one of your milk ducts gets clogged and infected. I woke up one morning with a fever, chills, aches and thought I had the flu until I noticed my right breast was so hard, warm to touch and painful that pumping or feeding didn’t relieve it. I went to the doctor and was prescribed antibiotics for mastitis and was told to apply heat as well. It was very unpleasant and discouraging because being sick is the last thing you need when you have a newborn, let alone breastfeeding. Did I mention I had mastitis four times? Fun, fun. But still, I found a way to push through all of that and successfully breastfeed.
I wish I could end this with a heroic statement of how I breastfed for a whole year or more, but I made it to around 7 months. With milk depletion and a few other things, we decided 7 months was good for us. In reality, any amount of time breastfeeding is amazing, especially during the first month when you’re producing colostrum. I’m so happy I could do this for my daughter and that I stuck with it through all the little bumps along the way.
Katie is a 26 year old 6th grade teacher. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their daughter Stella.
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Photo credits: Katie Schneider
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