I exclusively pumped breast milk for my daughter, Karmyn until she was 3 months old. She was premature at 34 weeks gestation weighing 4 lbs 1 oz & with health issues relating to her ealy birth she could not be held or breastfed at first.
She had a tube that went down into her belly that fed her my breast milk. I made so much milk at first that it was noticed by one of the NICU nurses & was asked to donate to the other babies in the NICU. I gladly agreed. When I was told I could try & breastfed my daughter it was a struggle. She had a weak latch & would get tired easily before getting full. With a fast flow nipple on a bottle she was able to get more in & soon the tubes were able to be removed. However, despite my efforts, my daughter preferred the bottle & because of it my milk supply decreased over time. I tried to still breastfeed & pump but soon I hardly made any at all. At 3 months I began transitioning her to formula. Now my daughter is 6 yrs old & is just as big as her peers, graduated from kindergarten & about to start 1st grade. You would never know she was 6 weeks premature. I believe just the 3 month of breast milk help in her rough start & now she became a big sister to a baby brother this year. Her baby brother’s name is Awesome & he was born on April Fool’s Day at 40 weeks & 6 days gestation weighing 7lbs 13 oz.
The first night of breastfeeding was a little rocky but I was rest assured that it would be ok & I could see the breastfeeding consultant first thing in the morning. Sure enough, the breastfeeding consultant came & within 5 minutes I had him latched on. Ever since, I haven’t had a single problem since. I pump while at work & some between feeding him at home. I am so thrilled I have managed to be able to work full time & sure my baby boy only gets breast milk. I find myself overcome with joy that I can enjoy the bond of successfully breastfeeding. So simple & easy this tube around. Also, I have found myself more confident as a breastfeeding mom. Now I breastfeed in public include my place of work in which my mother kindly brings me my son on my lunch break to breastfeed. It helps that I have a better support group this time around too. Most of the time I do NOT use a breastfeeding cover. Instead I dress so that my breast is covered when I feed him but you can clearly see that I’m breastfeeding. I also post pictures of me proudly breastfeeding my son. It’s liberating to be able to do what I think is best as a mom & be proud of it!
Thank you for reading my story!