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The Breastfeeding Diaries: Chelsea from The Perfect Catch
This is a GREAT post! She gives so many good tips! Thanks for sharing!
GREAT post! I agree that somehow we just don't educate ourselves about breastfeeding during pregnancy. We also don't truly educate ourselves about birth in general. And I agree 100% with the hospital staff giving you contradictory information about nursing. I had the exact same issue!
Beautiful story! I struggled as well in the early weeks of nursing – and I had taken a course in breastfeeding! My son ended up having a posterior tongue tie. I think it's so important that we share each our stories in order to normalize the difficulty that can sometimes occur with breastfeeding and not to give up!!
Thanks everyone for the kind words! I am so honored to be apart of the series. Thanks Julie for everything!
The Breastfeeding Diaries: Chelsea from Red Velvet Rooster
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Chelsea, thank you for sharing your story with us today! Your son is absolutely precious. I think it's amazing that you tried so hard to breastfeed, but were flexible enough to do do what you had to do to provide for your son. Hoping that next time around breastfeeding goes a little better for you, as I can imagine how disappointing that was! No matter what, as long as the baby is happy, you are doing your job as a Mommy. And are a great Mommy for that!:)
Thank you for sharing!! I am breastfeeding my 8 month old right now, but, I, too, wish I would have attended a breastfeeding class. When Aiden was born, he didn't pee for a couple days and we took him to the pediatrician and realized that he was dehydrated and that I had to give him formula too for a day. I went to a lactation consultant and breastfeeding support group and that saved me from quitting. It's definitely challenging in the beginning!
I love this series and hearing mom's stories, but I do want to make sure mamas know that the amount you pump is NOT how much your baby gets. Babies are much more effective at removing milk from the breast, and the quality of pumps varies wildly, plus there are hormones present during nursing that aren't there when you're snuggling a plastic pump. I hate hearing that myth perpetuated, as it often leads to unnecessary supplementation and supplementation leads to decreased supply! Just a public service announcement for others.
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