Breastfeeding Story submitted by Kathleen
Breastfeeding can be tough. I applaud any woman that can carry it through for three or six months, I didn’t last a month. When my son was born I had ambitions to breastfeed him to boost his immune system and tosave some money.
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My son instantly took to breastfeeding and had no problems latching on. The failure was entirely on my part. Unfortunately I was unaware of how much time it actually took, how isolated you felt while breastfeeding, and how painful your breast were when they were full.
My son was born via C-section at the beginning of December. Within the week I had everyone of the my in-laws dropping in to see him so despite the pain I was in I had to play hostess.
Then two weeks later my folks dropped in for a three week stay. Between, guests, Christmas preparation, and the new baby I had absolutely no time to sleep or eat.
When I wasn’t entertaining guests, changing diapers or cooking dinner I was up in my sons room feeding him.
Before Christmas arrived I was drained and had put him on the bottle, because I felt that I couldn’t handle it anymore. I suppose that in hindsight I should have forced my husband to do more, and told the relatives to go away or get a hotel room.
I had no idea what to expect and I had figured that I could continue on as I had always done. My advice to everyone is to stand your ground and don’t just ask for help, demand it. And take time to yourself, even if it’s an extra long shower…you need the time.