While some women prefer artificial milk, it’s still a general knowledge that breastfeeding is the most natural and the healthiest way of feeding your baby. Of course, there are occasions, when it’s not possible or even allowed to breastfeed (because of some illness or medications). But in most cases it’s very advisable. And most of the problems with it are solvable. Sometimes the problem might be too high stress level. This is what happened to me.
I started to have wet nipples already on my 5th month of pregnancy. And I was sure that I won’t have any problems with breastfeeding. Well, that wasn’t the case…
At the end of pregnancy I had pre-eclampsia and they had to stimulate the delivery. I had always hoped that everything will go well naturally. I wasn’t the type who would want to give birth at home. But I still hoped that I wouldn’t actually need any mayor help. So I wasn’t really ready for the stimulation… The delivery itself went quite well, but I lost quite a lot of blood and had to have some blood transferred.
My breastfeeding started out OK. But very soon my nipples turned sore and it was extremely painful to breastfeed. I used the protection, but it didn’t help much, because my baby was a quite strong sucker. On top of that I had quite an inflammation in them, with high fever and everything. So my milk production went fast down the hill. Basically in a few days I was able to produce only about 20 ml…which is pretty much nothing. And I had to give my baby artificial milk. Another disappointment.
Two weeks after delivery I started to bleed heavily and had to call the ambulance. They cleaned my uterus the same night – some of the placenta had stayed in…
So – a lot of stress… There were some problems at home too… And I was already sure that my breastfeeding has come to the bitter end.
However, then I met a very good breastfeeding consultant. And she explained that I actually have the milk in my breasts and I only have had too much stress. She taught me to give my baby the breast and put a little tube in her mouth at the same time, through which I could also give her the artificial milk. She learned to suck the nipple again (she had got used to the bottle already). And I tried to relax and forget my worries. And though I didn’t believe that I would ever be able to breastfeed again, I gradually started to produce more and more milk. It was like a miracle for me. And one day we were able to give up the artificial milk for good!
And all I had to do was to get over the stress! So, I strongly advise everyone, who has trouble with breastfeeding, to look for help and try to relax – most of the problems can be solved!