Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is place in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse in to the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it's soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,--she would see that in all God's world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her." -JR Miller

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Breast feeding

Breast feeding -the natural way to feed - but what happens when it's not that natural? When things go wrong? After my last baby, I did everything I could to exclusively breastfeed - seriously - pumping, putting baby to the breast practically continually - I was exhausted and by day 10 my milk hadn't come in and I was advised after seeing a specialist that I needed to give her formula - I was devastated as you can imagine, as I am so pro breast feeding and I love it. So.... this time around my dh and family have been a little worried that I would end up in the same state :-( but knowing this time around that I have a problem with lactation I got formula ready and decided that I would try mixed feeding, as obviously my baby's need something extra and I was ready (although still sad about it) that breast feeding might not work out so I would go with the baby's flow and follow her lead - well the first two days I thought that maybe I wouldn't be able to breastfeed as she just wasn't interested and so I gave her formula but on about day 3 I thought I'd try again on the breast and she took to it! We are now on day 5/6 (I can never remember how they work it out) and although I am still having to give some formula I actually managed to give her just breast and she was settled for a couple of hours which is a big thing for me. So now I'm trying not to get too excited but I'm on dom perridon (not sure of the spelling) and I'm getting a breast pump tomorrow just to give me chance to boost milk supply. Obviously I don't think we'll really know whether things are working until a couple of weeks but any breast feeding I do I am enjoying and just trying to relax about it all knowing that my beautiful baby is contented and happy so whatever happens she will thrive!!

4 comments:

Deedee said...

I'm so happy for you Sarah!! Congratulations. We will continue to pray that you will be able to continue for as long as possible. :o)

Dawes Family said...

Thank u Deedee we're still going at 17 days and she's gaining weight so am trying drop the formula now :-) xx

Loving learning at Home said...

Visiting you from BlogFrog. Thanks for responding to my questions. I am now following (and enjoying) your blog. Hope to see you at mine!!

Alison said...

Congratulations on another beautiful blessing! I do pray that the breastfeeding works out for you both!