Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Magical Milk Pic-O-The-Week

This is my friend, nursing her youngest son for the first time. This is her first go at breastfeeding after giving birth. She's struggling. She has a LOT of pain, and has yet to find answers. Has a lactation consultant - a very good lactation consultant. Still no answer that has made the pain stop.

She really does want this to work, and is doing everything right to make it work that she can. Did I mention that it has been a HORRIFIC struggle for her? It's wrenching her heart into knots. Like those of us who have had major struggles with breastfeeding, she wants to enjoy the ease of it - but has yet to understand what that would be - nothing easy for her thus far.

Guess who she needs? YOU! Click over and love all over her.

You remember those days - when an hour felt like a month. Now ... GO!


amie said...

Christine, Sorry...I was going to comment on your friend's page, but I almost lost the following comment when I went to create a google account. Please forward to her for me. Thanks.

I know it is hard...keep trying. I understand what you might be going through. My son was 3 weeks early and for whatever reason he had trouble latching on for the first MONTH. I don't think my milk came down until at least the 2nd day. I just kept trying though. I pumped (a little was all I could get out) colostrum the second day (because I was freaked out and didn't want him to have formula) and fed it to him. After that, I gave him formula and kept trying and trying. He would latch on maybe once every 7 or 8 days! I was stressed...hormones, maybe a bit of depression, and being a new mom. I used breast shields and worked with my lactation expert until my baby was almost a month old. He started to nurse full-time and actually preferred to nurse. I was so happy (and full of hormones) that I cried! My nipples were cracked, bleeding, and hurting badly, but the pain only lasted about a week. They "toughened up". After that it was smooth sailing and I was so GLAD I had kept trying. I feel like it was a huge gift I gave to my child. Do what you need to do and remember that it can be different for everyone!

Amy T. S. said...

Awww! This is amazingly sweet. We saw a craniosacral therapist today who thought she was able to do a lot for our baby and thinks we will be brest friends soon.

Thanks, Christine. I love you.

Amanda said...

wow! What an amazing picture and story! That baby is precious!