Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Magical Milk Pic-o-the-Week






"I am especially proud of our breastfeeding relationship because I fought so damn hard for it. My son was in the NICU for three weeks after he was born due to meconium aspiration. For the first week or so of that stay, he could not be fed anything by mouth - his lungs were so scarred and his breathing so labored, the doctors were scared he would aspirate if fed by mouth. So out came the (manual) breast pump and, boy howdy, you better believed I pumped those suckers dry. Every morning, I would take the milk from the previous night, pack it in a cooler and make the 1-hour bus trip to the NICU to drop off my kiddo's nummies for the day. We would hang out together for 8 or so hours and then I would hop back on the bus for another one-hour ride home and the process would begin anew. When he was finally well enough to be fed by mouth, we had a really hard time getting him latched on. I have flat nipples and my boobs are on the, er, larger side (as you can tell in the first pic - he was full-term and a normal-sized baby and my boobs just dwarf him), so it was really difficult for him to get them in his mouth. So I continued to pump. The pictures I am sending are of some of the first times I was able to get him successfully latched on and eating."

(photo by Bria who is still breastfeeding her boy - he is now 19 months old!)

6 comments:

ali said...

beautiful Bria. Beautiful baby. if only we all worked so hard to make BF'ing work. better world.

varunner said...

Awesome! I had a long battle here too and I have to say that it was the most emotional yet worthwhile struggle to get to be able to breastfeed :-)

Jenn said...

Well done! I pumped for my preemie, who spent 5 weeks in the NICU, and it was HARD. Truly a labor of love, but worth the 20 months we nursed after he came home! What a cutie your little guy is, too.

Valentina said...

What a wonderful story and great determination. I bf my son for 34 months until he self-weaned. It allowed us to bond especially on days that I was at work. Congrats Bria.

Bria Grace said...

Thanks for all your wonderful comments. :-) Just one little correction - he's almost 22 months now! And still lovin' the boobie juice!

Gloriana said...

Love to you, Bria! I, too, have the mammoth mammaries, and you can bet I've made the best use of them by feeding both my sons for 2 years apiece. Way to go, doing the best thing to grow your son into a strong kiddo.

Glori B.