So I thought, this time, I'll have a healthy baby and it will be a piece of cake! But... then Emmett was born five weeks early, which led to a whole host of problems, affecting most of all his ability to eat and gain weight. At first, it seemed like he would NEVER breastfeed. In fact, at one point, he was exclusively bottle fed, and I had all but given up hope- I had even stopped pumping! But then there was a light at the end of the tunnel in a team of wonderful pediatric nurse practitioners and lactation consultants.
It has been a long road, of multiple appointments a week, of pain, of latching difficulties, too short of feedings, too long of feedings, weight loss, then too much weight gain, formula supplementation, syringe feeding, sleepless nights, nipple shields, projectile spit up, bottles, pumping around the clock, wrestling him onto the breast, then I almost lost my milk supply completely BUT...
Emmett is now exclusively breastfed! ♥
& I couldn't be happier.
And I just wanted to say...
If you are trying to breastfeed, and struggling, don't give up. You CAN do it.
... and if it doesn't work out, that's okay. Formula is just fine too!
Either way, your baby is getting what he/she needs to grow... and that's all that really matters.
Emmett sucking on the only other thing he likes other than the boob... his Daddy's finger.