Oh my when I read ur story I relived my horror start the breastfeeding! I think in my entire 7day stay in hospital I can honestly say I came across two nurturing midwives the entire time! What is it with them just yanking bub out of ur arms and forcing them onto to the breast and then saying hold him like this or like that!?!? One of the nurses was so mean that i ended telling her off and another copped it off my hubby, I understand that they are understaffed and overworked but man it’s not the kinda job u can do for the hell of it ….u really have to love it! Well I went thru the same as you, my babies foray into formula started day 3 quite against my will as I wanted to keep trying. I was put in contact w the lactation consultant, however she put me on such a gruelling schedule of; breast feeding the bub ( which took and hour thanks to sleep head bub) and then top him up with either expressed milk or formula and then express for 40 mins to get my milk to increase, then clean all that up and by the time I’d get back to sleep he was up again. My hubby used to come home to find me crying while expressing…it was just so much more harder than I imagined! I just had this preconceived idea that bub wud arrive, latch easily and off we go for the next 12 months or so….but the truth was something else! I persevered for 2 months on this regime, however by now bub was having more formula than my milk and hubby just decided to pack up the pump and put it away to save my sanity. He could see the path I was heading down was dangerous. Now I wish I had made the decision earlier and also come to terms that it wasn’t ment to be earlier like you case girl!
Now all said and done I too have a happy healthy thriving 14mo who is in the 95th percentile. To other mums out there struggling it’s not ur fault! Believe me your bub will thank you for making the selfless decision to help them instead of you trying to prove to yourself or who ever that you can breastfeed, by being healthy and happy on formula!
Posted by jewlz, 10th May 2013