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Soooo, let’s talk about this breastfeeding thang!
I am 4 months into my breastfeeding journey and the Philips Avent Breast pump has made my journey a lot easier.
When my son came out the womb, the first reflex he did and my husband and I noticed right away was a sneeze. It was the absolutely cutest sneeze I ever witnessed in my life. His cry was loud, yet small, which made realize how great of a responsibility it is for me to take care of this little person. My protection and “mama bear” reflex kicked in 10x’s over. When the doctors placed him on my chest, I felt he knew exactly who I was and he depended on me tremendously. I was captured by his warmth, the softness of his skin, and his sweet little baby coos. It was magic. It was as if we both waited for each other all our lives and finally found one another.
When the doctors took us to our recovery room, I couldn’t wait to start breastfeeding! I wanted to see if he would latch on and how this whole grassroots feeding method worked. To my surprise, he latched on right away! It was magic! I couldn’t believe how he knew exactly what to do and how my body knew exactly how to nurture him. I was over the moon….for about a day!
Now that all of that is over, let’s talk about how I struggled and still sometimes struggle with this whole breastfeeding thing. My husband and I were really afraid that we inherited a very fussy baby because, for the first couple of days of his life, he fussed a lot! The only time he didn’t really fuss was when someone was holding him or when he was on my breast. I just knew that he colic. I didn’t put it all together that he fussed mostly about 1 hour after a feeding and my milk didn’t come in yet. I believe it was the second day the nurse weighed him, and what was once an 8lb 11ounce baby, was now an 8lb 3 oz baby. So, within a day or so of his life, he lost more than a half a pound. Now I know that isn’t unusual but I knew the culprit of, what I believe, such a dramatic weight loss. It was food. My baby wasn’t getting enough food.
I know several, of what I like to call “breastfeeding ninjas”, mothers out there would say that colostrum is all the baby needs and that I didn’t need to supplement my feeding with formula, right? Well, I am no “breastfeeding ninja” ( a woman who breast feeds her baby and is anti-formula, bottle, and pacifiers and strictly all about the breast) and I am proud to say that I supplemented my baby’s food with formula. That’s right, I used formula darn it and proud of it! We used a supplemental feeding mechanism that had a tube at the end and I was tape the tube on me and have the opening toward the end of my nipple and have him still latch onto me but feed on the tube and guess what? He was no longer a fussy baby! My child was hungry. This was very short lived because my milk came in the very next day and it was all good.
Once we came home, I suddenly realized how daunting breastfeeding could be. I mean I had him on my breasts every 2 hours and sometimes we had to cluster feed as he was going through his first growth spurt. I felt like a hostage to my own body. When I was finally able to drive, I had to time everything correctly. I knew if I needed to go to the store or wherever, I had to feed him before I left and get back home, at least, and hour and a half once the feeding was finished. I never felt like a slave to myself my entire life. At night, the doctors told me to wake him up every 3 hours to feed him because, with newborns, they often sleep through their hunger. Again, I felt like a factory worker. Hell, I AM A FACTORY WORKER! I am the “booby milk” factory who needs to provide supply on demand, no question. My husband begged me to let him help and suggested we started giving him a bottle and I start to pump. At first, I was hesitant and was somewhat of a “breastfeeding ninja” myself. Well, that lasted for about 1 month and my pump journey really began.
I started pumping before I started giving him a bottle. I just had so much milk that he couldn’t keep up with it all and I couldn’t keep it all to me, so I started to pump as often as needed and started my milk bank. I started off using the breast pump machine that was supplied through my medical insurance, but when I had the opportunity to try Philips Avent breast pump it completely changed my entire breast pumping experience.
The first thing I noticed right away was that my nipples weren’t sore after I pumped with the Philips Avent breast pump. There are these wonderful soft gel pads that cover the noise of the pump to make you comfortable. Also, I didn’t have to hunch over to pour the milk in the bottles. They flow directly into the bottle no matter my position. Lastly, I remember thinking this would’ve been an awesome pump to have from the start because there is this awesome breast stimulation feature that is there to help stimulate your breasts so your body can produce milk for your little one (LO).
My breastfeed journey still remains a journey. Although it is beautiful and an amazing bonding experience between mom and child, it is also very time consuming and slows down the day as a feeding, for me, can take up to 45 minutes. I do not regret my decision to breastfeed my baby. I do feel that the woman’s body is equipped with everything it needs to nurture its child and the nutrients should come from its mother and not a factory. “Liquid gold” cannot be manufactured and women have been doing it for years. So even if you don’t want to bring your baby to your breast, I highly recommend feeding your child breast milk from you as it is the best way for your child to grow. If you need a breast pump, use the Philips Avent Breast Pump as it is friendly to your body, will help you express milk for your child, and stimulate your breast to help you produce more or help your milk come in if you just had a baby.