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Tricky Beginning Mothers' Stories
Devon McDonald, West Malling, Kent, UK
Photo: AshLee Wethington Photography

 

I knew I wanted to breastfeed from the moment I found out I was pregnant, but we had a tricky beginning.

Devon McDonald & Izzy

Devon McDonald & Izzy

When Izzy was born, after a difficult labor ending with an emergency cesarean section under general anesthetic, my husband made sure that no one fed her until I came round and could try to feed her myself.

To our delight, Izzy latched on to my breast immediately.

Two weeks later, with damaged nipples and a baby that wasn’t gaining sufficient weight, we found out Izzy had a posterior tongue-tie. We had it snipped at home the next day.

Then she began to cry a lot whenever she was awake. The pharmacist told us we shouldn’t give her pain relief medication at such a young age. After three days we took her to the doctor, who sent us to the hospital to see a pediatrician. As Izzy had lost weight, we were kept in overnight and advised to express and bottle-feed. The choice was a bottle or a feeding tube. We went with the bottle. Izzy then began to reject the breast, crying if I even held her in a feeding position.

A few weeks later, despite a lot of tears, with help from a brilliant lactation consultant, we managed to coax Izzy back on to the breast.

I had low supply at this point, so kept her on the breast as much as possible and took supplements.

Izzy

Izzy

My little angel is now ten months old, on the 95th percentile line (up from the 75th) and we still enjoy a breastfeeding relationship. In fact, she has refused a bottle for months now.

If you have difficulties, find support from a lactation consultant and/or a La Leche League Leader and go to LLL meetings for support.

Trust that your breastfeeding relationship can flourish despite initial setbacks!

 

If you have difficulties, find support


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