Breastfeeding Henry

Henry will be two months old tomorrow. So far, the breastfeeding relationship is going fantastically. It seems like, with all three of the others, something came along at various points and sabotaged things. I was always very sad about that. I’m extremely happy that things are off to a great start with Henry, though.

With Ceili Fey, I got a new full-time job shortly after she was born and I tried to pump at work. I would also stop by the daycare to feed her on my lunch break but I just didn’t know all that much about breastfeeding and/or pumping. It wasn’t long before it all ended.

With Elias I wound up going on the Nuvo Ring which, while some women do not have issues with decreased supply, I was not one of them. It wasn’t long until I was only able to feed him about once a day. The bad thing was, he did not care much for formula. Actually, he pretty much refused to drink it. I was able to get some breast milk from some moms who were kind enough to donate extra, but it wasn’t long before we just gave him cow milk. Yes, I know you’re not supposed to do that before a year, but if they don’t have breast milk and they refuse formula, what are you left with? At least at that time he was eating solid foods which helped.

With Noah, I was muddling through until the whole debacle with DCS that you can read about here. That whole thing pretty much put the final nail in the coffin of our breastfeeding relationship. He also refused to drink formula which the hospital kept trying to ram down his throat. We had to “hide” it in baby cereal along with a jar of baby fruit.

This time around I’ve learned a little bit more about breastfeeding. Apparently, when you nurse your baby, you’re not supposed to switch from one breast to another every so many minutes. I was always told to do just that – I was told this when I had Ceili Fey and I was told this by the lactation consultant at Riley when DCS insisted that Noah go to Riley Hospital. Apparently all this does is work to decrease your supply. I cannot help but wonder if this knowledge might have gone a long way to helping me keep my supply. It also irks me because after having Elias and Noah in the hospital, the lactation consultants never did bother showing up even though I requested them just to be sure I was doing everything correctly. It is possible that I could have had the correct information sooner had someone bothered to come check things out. *sigh* It’s very frustrating.

It definitely makes me wonder how many other mothers tried to breastfeed and failed due to a lack of information. When you look at the low rates of breastfeeding, it’s really no wonder with the total lack of information going around.

Our midwife, who is also a lactation consultant, discovered that I have an oversupply which basically means that I make an abundance of milk that comes out very rapidly and can cause baby to choke, thereby causing him to gasp for air, which in turn makes him gassy and colicky. Not a lot of fun. I remember the others exhibiting the same symptoms but didn’t know enough to think there might be a problem. Apparently the “fix” for that is to do what is called block feeding or block nursing. It just means that you feed only on one side for a few hours. Then, after however so many hours you do the same on the other side. Had it not been for her, we would never have known what was going on and I might have attributed Henry’s extreme colickiness to something being wrong with my milk. I’m very grateful to our midwife for figuring out what the problem was.

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  1. Hey, I have oversupply too! It's nuts. Sometimes I think I could feed triplets. I started doing one-sided feedings at birth with my current youngest, and by the time my milk was in, we were doing 4-6 hour block feedings. I didn't know it was possible to have TOO MUCH milk until my 3rd child was about 3-4 months old, and I heard abut oversupply. It was like a lightbulb went off in my head. The gassiness and problems my older children had, the things I asked the doc about and got told "Oh that's normal." Not. Normal. But fixable!I'm expecting a new little one in September, and I'm already mentally preparing myself for the firehoses inside my shirt to go into overdrive. Someday when my little ones are older, I want to be a breastfeeding counselor of some kind, just to try to help as many women as I can get TRUE info about breastfeeding.

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