Another Breastfeeding Success Story
by Tami Payne
I am the proud mother of two girls (ages 3 1/2 and 11 months). I tried to nurse my first, but due to lack of information and support this was short-lived (6 weeks with formula supplement). Kassity ended up having a lot of digestive problems and ear infections (she had tubes at 1 year). But, after that she seemed to pull through and has been fine since.
When my husband and I were in the planning stages of our next child, I thought to myself and expressed it very openly to other family members that I was going to breastfeed. I really didn't care what other people thought since I had my heart set on this. So, when Kierstyn was born I immediately started to nurse. I remembered all the information I had heard from other nursing mothers, La Leche League consultants, and textbooks. I then put all this to the test. She immediately latched on and off we went! She was exclusively at breast for 7 1/2 weeks. Then my dilema - I had to return to my full-time job.
At present I hold two--one weekly 8 hours, and the other as our church music director on weekends. Plus, I taught private piano and voice lessons. Now it was time for my husband to take over. I had a Medela manual pump--I definitely recommend this brand--and began expressing.
Little did I know that this was the way it was going to be for the next 11 months! Unfortunately Kierstyn preferred the bottle to my breast and would only become frustrated and cry and push me away. I too felt that way but at the same time felt that my husband could get some enjoyment out of feeding her my milk with a bottle. And so that was the case. Kierstyn was bottle-fed breast milk exclusively. (I had to buy a chest freezer since I was expressing much more than she was able to finish in a day--boy was that handy!). I was very fortunate that my workplace allowed me to take breaks throughout the day and express. I ended up having the full support of my boss, family, and other friends. As a matter of fact I now have people coming to me for advice! Who would have ever thought!
I would like to also add that no matter what happens--don't give up! I know at times it's frustrating and may seem a bit laborious, but think of the benefits. Also, I don't know about you, but when I look down and see how content my baby is--her smiling and loving eyes staring back at me--it's all worth it.