Lansinoh Stars No.4
Our Lansinoh Stars No.3 are Tracy and her 23 month old Blair. Tracy and Blair overcame latch issues and persevered while Blair had jaundice.
Breastfeeding can be a challenge from day 1, especialy when mum isn't at her strongest after giving birth and baby doesn't seem to want to latch! Tracy's sheer determination to breastfeed her baby boy Blair is what has enabled them to still be breastfeeding at 23 months and what makes her a Lansinoh Star!
Tracy story also highlights the importance of getting as much information as you can before you start breastfeeding so that if problems do arise you know how to overcome them!
Here is Tracy's story:
23 months ago my life changed forever - I gave birth to a healthy baby boy!
I felt elated yet awful, I lost a lot of blood and was weak. Still, I was determined to breastfeed my perfect little bundle; all 6lb 4 of him! After all, breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world right? and after all baby would know what to do, wouldn't he?! Wrong!!!
In fact, he didn't even seem interested! So, we were put on a three hourly feeding routine. I had to wake him each time, butI just couldn't get him to latch. I felt like such a failure.
The midwives would help latch him, but he just wasn't feeding for long enough.
I was shown how to use a breast pump to express milk so I could 'top him up' once he'd been on the breast. It then became apparent he had developed jaundice, it was explained
to me that it can make newborns sleep
y, so no wonder I was struggling!
The midwives could tell I was finding things tough which is when a new face appeared at my bedside; she was a breastfeeding advisor! After a long chat with her I felt so much more reassured. She gave me some tips on positioning and stressed the importance of skin to skin contact. Not only does it help with bonding, it also stimulates hormones responsible for your milk supply! So after being in hospital for almost a week it was finally time for home.
A week goes by, following our 3 hourly feeding. I was really worried he wasn't getting enough milk, after all you can't measure it! To try put my mind at rest the midwife popped in and weighed my little bundle. My worries were unfounded, he was gaining weight nicely!
A few days later, something seemed to change. The jaundice passed and all of a sudden all he wanted to do was feed! I panicked! Surely this time I really wasn't making enough milk, right?! Wrong (again!)! After a good chat with my Health Visitor, I learned that it is completely normal for a breastfed baby to feed every 1-3 hrs during the day.....and boy did he!
I also learned about 'cluster feeding' which quite often happens in the evenings. It's their way of 'stocking up' for the night ahead! Another thing I discovered is when they are having a growth spurt they can feed almost constantly for a day or so. I worried again that perhaps my milk was drying up.. nope! It's bubbas way of increasing your supply to meet their growing needs!
I wish I had known all this before I started on this journey with my son. However, it has been one of the hardest but most rewarding things I have ever done. I'm so glad I stuck at it, it does get easier as time goes on. I feel so thankful that I was able to overcome any hurdles and give my son this great start to life!