Getting ready to freeze all of my breast milk.....all 30 plus ounces:)
"After the many problems and issues I had when breastfeeding my first son, it is so nice to have a different set of problems with my second son, problems like "where will I store all of this extra breast milk I've produced?"
I worked very hard to nurse my first son, but a bevy of problems, including tongue tie, incorrect advice at the hospital, waiting too long to see a lactation consultant resulting in low milk supply, etc., created a situation in which I had to deal with supplementing him with formula from Day 2 on. It was difficult to realize that I couldn't nourish him completely and it took me a long time to come to terms with our breastfeeding relationship. I am working just as hard to nurse my second son, but I went in to the hospital armed with knowledge and the phone number of my very expert lactation consultant. I'm happy to report that I have an ample milk supply and different problems, like "Wow - must be a growth spurt, because this kid has been on me all day".
I never gave up with my first son and learned so much from that experience. Like every pregnancy, birth and child are different, so too is every breastfeeding experience. So, my advice to all new and even second time breastfeeding moms is to never give up, consult a lactation consultant about any problems, and always remember that no matter what is currently happening, you are doing your best for your child.......it will all be okay."
What can I add? I saw this mother agonize over supplying breastmilk for her first baby. No one has ever worked harder. I felt her pain, her sadness, her disappointment. And this time around? The hardest hurdle was getting her to believe that she was producing more than enough milk. I cried when her email came in last week: Still Going Strong. In spite of the subject, I was fearful of opening it. What if things weren't going well, what if she was not still making plenty of milk, what if...? I think you've guess the truth of the matter.
How many women have similar stories. Some with good outcomes with their second babies, but not all. But this mom summed it up beautifully:
"...always remember that no matter what is currently happening, you are doing your best for your child.......it will all be okay."
Thanks for taking time to share your story. It has and will touch many people. I hope you can feel our joy.