Breastfeeding, Formula, Pumping, bring it on! I was dead set on breastfeeding my son, afterall, that’s the natural way to go, it’s free, it’s easy, that’s just what you do. When our little guy was born so tiny I opted to give him formula in the hospital until my milk came in since he couldn’t afford to be dropping any weight. We attempted to breastfeed every time that we gave him a bottle but neither of us really knew what we were doing. He was able to latch on a couple of times but would instantly fall asleep. We met with the lactation consultant on our last day to find out what I was doing “wrong” and she informed me that my technique was perfect he was just your ‘typical late pre-term baby’. This means that he is healthy and perfect like a full term baby but he eats like a premie. She assured us that the closer we got to his actual due date the better things would be, that he’d be stronger, and to just be patient. So for 2 weeks I didn’t stress about the breastfeeding, we’d try at almost every meal and he’d get frustrated, wouldn’t latch, and we’d give him a bottle. I had rented a breastpump from the hospital and I’d pump during waking hours to keep my supply going. Continue reading “Breastfeeding hell as a first time mom”
Postpartum Depression and Anxiety- that couldn’t be me
It seems faux pas to discuss let alone admit to the possibility of having a perinatal mood disorder, most commonly postpartum depression. Let me be the first to proclaim it SHOULDN’T be. Many many many of us out there have been through it to varying degree.
- 70-80% of women experience SOME form of negative feelings following birth
- 1 in 7 women develops postpartum depression. You are not crazy or a horrible mom for feeling this way.
- PPD and perinatal mood disorders can also affect new FATHERS.
- Feelings don’t have to appear right after birth, they can show up a YEAR later.
- It is also the most under-diagnosed OB complication.
Do NOT suffer in silence, there is help for you. A great resource for information is here.
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My own bout with PPD & PPA
I have bolded several words and phrases below as RED FLAGS. If any of these resonate with you please reach out!!
The Thanksgiving holiday was supposed to be a time of joy and getting together with family, everyone excited to have a new addition to celebrate with. What it turned into was a complete living hell that was upon me before I could even form the words to describe what I was going through. Continue reading “Postpartum Depression and Anxiety- that couldn’t be me”