I was asked to write this piece for Sassy Mama Singapore. Here is an excerpt.
FYI: This is not about which is better. It doesn’t matter. I don’t think anyone has ever said, “I wish my mom breastfed me. My life would have turned out so much better.” No more mommy wars. :)
I was supposed to be a breastfeeding ninja this time around.
Ninja Mommy Steps:
- Pop baby out the wazoo.
- Plant confidently on nipple.
- Experience the unparalleled joy of successful breastfeeding.
My baby had other plans.
No latching, not even a taste. I kept trying, no dice. I waited, tried again. Bupkus. More waiting, more trying. He finally latched on for a few minutes. The nurses all said, “No problem! He is a big (9.5 lb/4.3 kg) boy! He can go a few days before needing to eat.” He nursed for a few minutes about once a day for three days before extreme lethargy set in from the onset of jaundice, landing us in the hospital. A few days of “tanning,” bottle feeding, and partial breastfeeding later, we were on our way to having a healthy baby.
Then came the INTENSE NIPPLE PAIN…
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