Adventures in Breastfeeding!

img_5613-2This is a pic of Baby Holland and the face she makes when she wants the boobie!!

Getting her to latch hasn’t been as effortless as I thought it would be though.  She was born September 19 at 8:34 AM at Cedars Senai Hospital in LA.  She was 21 inches and 6 lbs 13 ounces.  I scheduled a cesarian because she was breech.  She had a mind of her own even in utero and still does!

After the cesarian she latched right away in the recovery room.  After that though she started having some trouble.  Luckily the most amazing lactation consultant Hedi walked in and started helping us.  It was def a struggle at first and Holland didn’t seem to like breastfeeding.  It broke my heart and caused a fight between me and my fiancé Galen when I relented and gave her a bottle of Simlac Organic formula that the hospital provided.

Hedi told us it is okay to make a collustrum cocktail for the time being which meant combining the formula with some hand squeezed  collustrum.  Galen literally had to milk me like a cow to pump out the collustrum.  The pump wasn’t working yet…until it finally did!

Stage 2 enter the pump:

IMG_5514.JPGWe rented the Medella Symphony pump from the hospital.  (yes you can see I still have a bottle of formula next to me bed as back up)

We accidentally turned the pump up too high though and it injured my left nipple.  It’s still in recovery so for now I’m operating with only one breast, lol!!

The good thing about the pump is that it shaped my nipple so that Holland can latch better!  Who knew nipple shape was such a thing?!

Anyway now she is happily latching away.  I’m pumping at least a bottle or two a day.  However, I still have Simlac Supplemental on site in case I need it.  It’s more important that she eats and gets nourishment to me right now than it is to only give breast milk.

I do hope to get to the point where I’m a full fledged dairy queen and feeding out of the boob exclusively.

Until then…

XO,

ER

Boobies

I wanted to start a blog now that I’m about to have a baby in a matter of days.  I liked the name Babies and Boobies because when I looked at my Instagram feed that’s what it’s all about recently.  My boobs have taken on a whole new meaning to me though.  Before they were an expression of my femininity.  They are natural.  They may not look it in this pre pregnancy pic, but trust me at 9 months pregnant they do now, lol!!  Now I think of them as the main food source for our daughter Baby Holland who is coming in less than two weeks.  I was so excited the other day when I squeezed my nipple and a little collustrum (pre milk) came out.  I cannot wait to be breastfeeding my baby.