Breastfeeding and Re-Lactating

It isn’t too uncommon that you hear of mothers that say that they nursed their children until they were 18-24 months old.  So how often do you hear that a mother exclusively pumped for her child for almost 24 months?  I wish that I would hear about nursing babies until they were 18 months.  I also wish that I would hear cases where moms were able to exclusively pump if they have breastfeeding difficulties until they were 18 months.  I have completed one of those and hope to complete the other in the next 10 months!

I had breastfeeding difficulties with my son, Kenneth.  He was an unplanned c-section.  The first lactation consultant I saw was horrible.  She spent very little time with us and got my son hooked on a breast shield.  To this day we are all still trying to figure out why she even introduced it.  There was no cause at all for it.  I struggled and cried so much over something that should come natural.  I thought that breastfeeding would be a breeze.  As it turns out, it wasn’t for us.  He was on formula full time by the time he went to his one month check up.  I was dried up despite my best efforts.  There was a huge lack of support for us.

I did a ton of research and was able to get help from Dr. Jack Newman…in Canada!  The man is AMAZING!  I was able to get my full supply back with his help.  I was only able to get my son to nurse a handful of times.  However, I did exclusively pump for him until he was about 22 months old.  I only stopped so that we could try to get my cycles more regular for us to try to have our second child.

I must have ovulated as soon as I quit pumping.  I had my positive pregnancy test within about 2 weeks of my last pumping session.  I am still shocked to this day.  And my first worry was over being able to breastfeed out second.  I was so scared that I was going to have the same struggles that I had with our son.  I made a blog for the process I went through with my son, The Road Back to Breastfeeding.  I continued to blog about what I thought about through the pregnancy.  Start with the first post and work your way up if you want the full story.

Here I am with my daughter, now 8.5 months old, and we are exclusively BREASTFEEDING!  I feel so blessed that so far I haven’t seemed to have the same struggles.  We have had a unique set of struggles still.  I did have some supply issues this time around when I went back to work.  I was able to overcome them though with what I learned with my son.  There is also the teeth issue that I only had an issue with once with my son.  I have had it a few times with my daughter.  And I am sure it is not the end.  I hope to be able to make my breastfeeding journey to be just as long as my pumping one was.

I am always amazed by what we will go through for our children.  What have you seen other moms go through that amaze you?  What have you gone through that has amazed yourself and/or others?

Comments

  1. Jessica says:

    This post hits close to home. My first son as sent to the NICU and I wasn't told that I had the option of pumping while he was there. I met with a lactation consultant before going home from the hospital, but all she did was grope me and say, "Yeah, you should be able to breastfeed." By the time I got home I had no idea how to get him to latch so I just went for the formula to get him to stop crying. I was so worried that I wouldn't be able to breastfeed my second child, but I am happy to say that me and little man #2 have been exclusively breastfeeding for the past 4 (almost 5) weeks! 😀