Breastfeeding exclusively: we made it to six months and counting

I had spent my entire pregnancy preparing for VBAC-vaginal birth after cesarean. I knew all the conditions by heart and my doctor and birth team were all aware. I was exercising, eating healthy, practicing my breathing, drinking enough water and pretty much being an awesome preggo. I knew all the signs of labor and I knew exactly what to do to speed up the process.

Read my VBAC story here

I went through the labor and successfully delivered a healthy baby girl via ceserean. Rested for the recommend 6 hrs, turned over and for the first time held my baby girl in my arms. That moment was priceless and so short lived because while I was basking, baby girl was trying to eat!

Mom and Mom-in-law helped us get the first latch and I was not prepared for what came next… there was no milk. Zero. Not. A. Single. Drop.

First breastfeeding session

My baby girl pulled as hard as she could, but nothing came. Everyone said, just let her keep suckling, the milk will come and I thought, yes, it’ll get better. We stayed in the hospital for 4 days and still no breast milk. The nurses gave the baby glucose (through a syringe not a bottle) to keep her stable while we waited for the milk to come. By day five, both my nipples were sore from the sucking. They were cracked and bleeding, I was in so much pain and baby girl was crying nonstop.

By day six I couldn’t watch my baby crying non stop anymore I had to give in. We bought a cup of formula and started to supplement while trying different techniques to stimulate milk production. By the end of the second week, my milk started to flow. I was soo excited! I stopped the formula immediately and started breastfeeding exclusively. To me, this is the most beautiful part of motherhood and every mother who is able to should breastfeed.

Managing milk supply

While I was pregnant, my focus was on birthing the baby. I didn’t think much about life after birthing baby. I learned the hard way that my approach was wrong. While it’s important to prepare for labor like you would a marathon, it’s also important to prepare your mind and body for breastfeeding. I didn’t even know how to hold my baby properly for breastfeeding. It was a struggle but eventually, I got it. Now, we can breastfeed anywhere. I’ve even learned how to position her without exposing my boobs, lol.

When it was time to go back to work, I tried to introduce formula but Tarlee wouldn’t take it. Whenever we fed it to her she would puke and become very weak. This was the hardest part about going back to work. So I started expressing the milk. I tried them all – electric, manual, and hand expressing. I enjoyed using the manual pump the most because I could do one boob and breastfeed with the other. I also thought it was less painful than the electric pump or using my hand. I would express as soon so I got home work and again in the morning before I left for work. Some days I produced more and other days less but I made sure to always have enough for her to eat during the day. It was hard but I didn’t gave up. I pushed myself until six months.

You can express manually, use an electric pump, there’s no excuse not to breastfeed your baby

Formula and solids

Two weeks ago, I introduced solids. We tried avocados, papaya, split peas and ripe plantain. She loved them all. Last week, we introduced formula again and this time she accepted it though she doesn’t take it as compared to the breast milk. I guess she prefers real foods to formula. We will continue to experiment with food and breastfeed at night or anytime we are together. I don’t have a timeline for weaning her. As long as she wants to breastfeed, I’m willing to breastfeed her.

Benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding at work is a part of our normal routine

Breastfeeding is great for you and your baby. Breast milk contains antibodies that boosts immunity and is the natural food intended for babies. Breast milk Protects against allergies, diarrhea, stomach upset, bloating, constipation, viruses, and other life threatening illnesses. Breast milk will help your baby grow stronger and may protect against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Mamas, breastfeed your baby and give him or her a great head start in life. I know it can be hard but when there is a will, there will always be a way.

I never thought I’d breastfeed up to three months, let alone breastfeed exclusincely. I used to be one of those ladies who’d say things like I don’t want my breast to sag; or that’s what formula is here for. But when I held that tiny bundle of joy in my arms, all I could think of was doing everything whitin my power to ensure that she grows healthy and strong; and if that meant brestfeeding for one year, so be it.

Have you ever breastfed? If yes, let me know your experience in the comment section below.

Published by Ade Suah

Hello and welcome to my site. My name is Christollie Ade Suah and I am a full time Mom, working a full time job and running a small business full time. With so much to do and so little time to do them, I constantly find myself struggling to balance different aspects of my life. So I created the Liberian girl blog as a resource center where health conscious professionals like me can find information and tools to help them balance competing priorities and achieve their goals. This blog covers topics around health and wellness, business, career and parenthood. My goal is to inspire you into taking actions daily that'll improve your life. If you would like to join a network of health conscious people and get notified of new content and products, click the subscribe button below. Thank you for visiting and look forward to growing with you.

One thought on “Breastfeeding exclusively: we made it to six months and counting

  1. Thanks so much Ade for this educative article which is all about your real life experience on child birth and breastfeeding. I have almost the same experience on breastfeeding with the exception that my breast milk came a day after I give birth. My challenge is, my four months old Princess is refusing and having bad reactions to the different formulas I’ve introduced her to. I just started work last week, being in office and knowing that my Princess don’t have much to eat home is killing me. I do express my breast milk with hands but it’s not enough to take her through. Breastfeeding is actually dedicate and hard. Hope I will get through cuz it’s like my Angel don’t wanna do formula as yours. Thanks so much for the motivation. I’ll inbox you to inquire some info.

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