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My Bebo Mia Scholarship Blog

July 6th, 2018

Maternal Support Practitioner Spring 2018 Scholarship award winner. Check out my blog post on my plans here!

World Breastfeeding Week Aug 1-Aug 7 2018 

August 3rd, 2018

As August unfolds with World Breastfeeding Week

I can’t help but to be reminded of my own experiences with breastfeeding.

When I found out for the first time that I was going to be a mom, I immediately envisioned this super simple and easy transition into motherhood. I had never really thought too much about breastfeeding, I just figured once my baby was born I would put my boob in their mouth and voila!

But that wasn’t the case at all.

My pregnancy was far from easy, and when my daughter was born prematurely at 34 weeks, my envision of this easy transition to motherhood completely flipped upside down.

I breastfed my daughter when I visited her and pumped during her naps or when I went home for the night. I was not prepared for this. I had no idea I would be spending the first few weeks after the birth of my baby, at home without her, pumping for hours on end to only end up with an ounce to bring to her the next morning. It was frustrating and I felt completely useless. I couldn’t bring my baby home, I could only hold her for a few minutes at a time outside of the incubator and on top of that I couldn’t produce this glorious amount of milk I had seen moms on tv produce!

What’s wrong with me? 

I often questioned to myself.. When I asked her doctor for advice, I was told right away that she needed formula because I “can’t produce enough milk”, and that was that.

I formula fed her , but when I became pregnant just a few months later, I decided I would try breastfeeding once again.

My son was born full term and healthy despite having a high risk pregnancy for a second time. I was optimistic and ready to try and successfully breastfeed only to be faced with my son struggling to latch after birth. The nurses tried to help me catch a good latch and when he couldn’t, the nurse told me “he won’t latch because he’s tongue tied. We have some formula we can send with you home.”

I chose to formula feed my son because that’s what I was used to with my daughter, but I had always wanted to breastfeed. I struggled for a long time, feeling guilty because I had these two children who both couldn’t receive the full benefits of breast milk. And although a NOURISHED baby is the best , breast milk has so many incredible health benefits for mom and baby, and you just can’t receive that from formula.

Breast milk is filled with antibodies your baby needs to support their immune system and to help fight off virus. Breast milk also reduces the risk of your baby developing asthma, allergies & even diabetes! This liquid gold is also super beneficial to mom, when your baby breastfeeds, oxytocin (“love hormone”) is being released , which helps you better bond with your baby and shrink your uterus to return to its pre pregnancy size. It can also help you lose pregnancy weight quicker.

As I look back and reflect on my breastfeeding journey I realize that a lot of my concerns were dismissed. I was young. I had no advocate. I had no real understanding and knowledge about my options. I now understand that breastfeeding is not easy for everyone but it CAN be done, with the right support and resources.

My job as a postpartum doula is to support your decision to formula or breast feed with no judgement. I want to support you and your decisions, offering any resources you may need to achieve that.

Remember, a NOURISHED baby is the best!