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Nursing School

I have nursed all three of my kids.  It was a journey that I had always intended on traveling, but I had no idea that it wasn't as easy as I had thought.  This is for all those mommas and some-day-mommas that want to hear another perspective on nursing one's babes.

I assumed that nursing was going to be quick and simple.  This is how I had always thought it would go: baby is hungry... baby latches on easily and perfectly... baby eats and gets full after 5 minutes... baby sleeps for three hours.  That certainly isn't how it went for me with my first experience. 
Let me preface this by saying, my last two babies were much easier for me to feed (I knew a little more about what I was doing), but Isabella was certainly a little more challenging.  

I think my nerves, the pain from nursing, and the fact that my milk might not have been as plentiful as with the last two, made those first few weeks were very tough.  I went into motherhood adamant about nursing... it was the only way for me to feed my child, in my mind.  She had terrible reflux and tummy issues.  I was a ball of nerves and barely ate anything all day.  She cried... and cried... and cried.  Which in turn meant that I was crying pretty much all day as well.  I almost gave up nursing all together.


I was told to try a special formula to see if it would calm her tummy (this was around 2 1/2 weeks).  During that time I pumped and stored milk while I gave her formula, just in case the formula didn't work and I could resume giving her momma's milk.  Long story short, the formula did not work and I continued to pump and give her bottles.  For me, doing a bottle took out some of the guess work. 
 The "Is she crying because she didn't get enough milk?" mind game that I think all mothers play with themselves when they are beginning the nursing journey.

At about 5 weeks (she had been on a bottle full-time for about 2 1/2 weeks) I was at a family function and didn't want to pack bottles/milk and deal with all the commotion, so I decided I would try and nurse her while I was there.  I had prepared myself to be patient and relaxed.  It went great!  I was so much more in tune with her.  My hormones weren't a complete wreck.  My milk was flowing great and she was much more experienced as far as sucking went.  


I never looked back.  All my kids have been nursed full-time from birth.  I needed that short amount of time with Isabella to get myself "detoxed" from baby hormones.  With Liam and Guinnyth, my milk came in very early and I had an abundance of it for my babies.  Nursing was painful with all three at first, but then it goes away and is pure bliss.

For me, I always go through those moments of worry about whether, or not, my milk is sufficient for my babies.  I have moments when they are fussy and I second guess my body's ability to provide enough for them.  I just drink lots of water, rest my body, and try to have confidence in the whole process.  

Here I am with my third, not sure if it is our last, and I relish in that closeness that I get to experience through nursing.  I know it doesn't work for everyone.  I know not everyone feels like it's the right journey for them, but for me... it is a very fulfilling and blessed journey.  

Let me know if you have anymore questions you would like for me to answer!!

xxLiz

Did you nurse your babies?  I would love to hear your stories, too!

18 comments:

  1. I nursed Easton. It definitely took some time, but at about 6 weeks everything clicked. I never had too much pain, and no issue, but I know so many that did. I nursed Easton 500 days. He quit on his own one night and I cried like a baby! It's such a sweet experience. I hope to nurse the next one (whenever that may be) too! It really is amazing what the body can do!

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    1. 6-8 weeks was the "ah-ha" moment for me as well. is seems like everything gets in-sync around that time.

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  2. I nurse Charlotte and would never not nurse my children. The benefits far outway the uncomfortable couple weeks. I pumped as well and when I started my supply grew so quickly. That allowed me to freeze and save so much that even now at 14 months I can put some in her sippy cups before nap time. I still night nurse and that will be a tough one to get rid of honestly. We both enjoy the snuggle/bonding time. As a working mom nursing is such an important bonding experience. Plus all the amazing benefits for you and your child!

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    1. I totally agree! I have a trip I am going on when Guinnyth is 14 months and I am hoping when I get back we can continue nursing. I will be sad when it is over. :(

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  3. I found you in the comment section of Bev's Black Ink Paperie. I don't have any kids yet, but I intend to nurse them when I do. This was something I took for granted as being an easy thing. But after reading this and many of my friends' blogs, it is becoming apparent that it is not the easy street I had hoped it would be. But all of this information is wonderful! I feel like I'll be ridiculously informed when the time comes! ....which means I will still end up in a state of panic. ...likely from overload.

    I blog at Nested (www.thenestedblog.com)! I'd love it if you stopped by!

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    1. so glad you visited. it is always good to be prepared beforehand... and, to realize that panic is almost unavoidable. ;)

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  4. WOW!! so excited that you don't know if you are done having kiddos!!??!!??!! ;)

    My little guy was starving!! He had lost a POUND in his first two weeks!! Luckily he was a huge baby!!
    Anyway.... my milk too a bit to come in AND I had to force myself to DRINK DRINK DRINK!!

    At almost 5 months I still have to nurse in the middle of the night but that is OUR TIME!!!!

    Definitely worth the pain and tears!!

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  5. I fed both of mine - although had the same problems feeding my daughter (my first) as you did with Isabella, but after a couple of weeks of pumping it all worked out. Definitely worth the hard work.

    Have a lovely day.

    Kate x
    Kate at Home

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    1. thank you for stopping by!! sometimes pumping can relieve stress and allow you to produce a little better. you can see that your body is working and have a little more confidence. :)

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  6. Great story! How fortunate that it worked out for you to take a break (if pumping & storing can be considered a 'break') and continue nursing! Good for you, Mama!
    Nikki
    rushedmommy.com

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  7. Thanks for this post! Although my husband and I aren't looking to be parents anytime soon I always find it comforting to hear other people's stories :) I hope to breastfeed all my babes.

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  8. Great post! Now following, found you on the hop.... Stop by sometime! Xoxo

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  9. Hi, I found you from The Wiegands, and I love this post. I just gave birth to my third just under three months ago. She is my second that I was able to nurse. We had problems with the first that we just couldn't overcome. I'm happy to say things are going well, and I always love reading about other mama's and their experiences with breastfeeding. It can surely be challenging at times, and I guess I'm not someone who says that I absolutely adore nursing, but I'm so glad to have this opportunity again.

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    1. mandy-i am glad it is working out for you. i think that i find myself loving it more and more as the experience progresses. at first, i might not like it that great because there is some trial and error, but once we get in the groove i adore it! thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Such a wonderful post - so valuable for mums to realise that even if you can't feed straight away it doesn't mean that you won't be able to after a few weeks if you keep pumping, Alice x

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  11. Found you in my pregnancy journal link up.
    Breast is best! Challenging but glad you did it.... I'm expecting Baby D3 and ill definitely him/her too...... It's definitely my bond with my babies being a working mom and all.

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  12. I'm nursing my third baby now (8 weeks old) and have done it with all three. All I can say is...in spite of that, I feel like I'll never be a pro! Each experience has been totally different, with different complications like latching issues, engorgement and mastitis. BUT I stuck it out each time, and it eventually got better. Totally worth it!

    Found you through My Joy Filled Life link-up
    www.holdingthedistaff.blogspot.com

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    1. it truly is different each time. the difference is that i know it will get better! the first time... i wasn't so sure. ;) thanks for stopping by!

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