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Breastfeeding Update: Good News!

I’m not sure if any of you remember the post I wrote about all of my breastfeeding challenges, but to sum it up, I’ve had a really difficult time with it.  Fern was having difficulty gaining weight.  I had low milk supply and tried everything in the book from pumping to placenta encapsulation to having my baby’s frenlum snipped.

I received a lot of support from friends and strangers regarding my experience, which was so great.  Before I breastfed Fern I had no idea how common breast feeding challenges were, but apparently I’m not alone.

Things have gotten a bit better though and I thought I’d write an update of what’s been going on for Fern and I with our breast feeding journey.

Read more after the jump!

We’ve been making good progress!  Here’s what’s been happening:

*At our four-week appointment I sort of broke down because Fern hadn’t returned to her birth weight yet.  When she was born, Fern weighed 8 lbs. 7 oz. and by the time we left the birth center two days later she weighed in at 7 lbs. 10 oz., but now she weighs a whopping 9 lbs!  Yay Fern!

*I joined a breast feeding support group.  It’s been really great meeting with other mom’s and walking through our nursing challenges together.

*My milk supply has increased, although I still need to supplement Fern with donor breast milk and I may always need to, but I’ve made peace with this and I feel much less stressed out having let this go, which I think has also helped with my milk supply.  I’m not sure how the placenta capsules helped, but it was worth a try.

*Fern and I are starting to get the hang of nursing and it takes much less time.  Occasionally we’ll still have our hour long nursing sessions, but for the most part they’ve gotten substantially faster which makes life so much easier.

I so appreciate all of your encouragement.  It really did start getting better like people said it would and I hope to be able to encourage other new mamas on their breastfeeding journeys soon.

 

•Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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