Part of the Yes Bebe breast feeding series for World Breastfeeding Week 2018: <<read more>>
As a second time mum, I thought I had it all sussed. I boobie fed my son with no problems at all and anticipated the same would happen second time around.
I had a wonderful water birth at home, everything was just as I had wanted it to be. Until my daughter started to feed. Ow! Have I birthed a child with teeth? I remember saying to the midwife, I’m sure it isn’t meant to hurt this much…she had a little look and said the latch looked okay and it would get better.
That was pretty much the ‘advice’ I received over the next few days, despite me being a broken woman by this point; my nipples were bleeding and the baby was ingesting my blood. That’s normal, they said. I had to bite a towel and cry every time she latched on. Again, normal.
Fortunately, a friend persuaded me to invest in an IBCLC and on Day 8 I went to see this fabulous woman who identified a few problems we were having. I had a massive oversupply, swollen breasts/nipples, nipple damage and my daughter had a posterior tongue tie. It took two tongue tie revisions and around 6-8 weeks of working alongside the IBCLC but eventually we got there and now at almost 5 months old I am still exclusively breastfeeding my daughter.
Was it the fairytale I wanted it to be? No, but I’m glad that we made it. I’d highly recommend accessing some professional support to anyone struggling with their breastfeeding journey.