When I first found out I was pregnant I always knew I wanted to breastfeed my son. I thought it would be the easiest thing just put him to my breast and he would latch on. It seems simple, right? After all, I had no one to really tell me differently. I didn’t know anyone who breastfed and you don’t read about the first time they latch. It just seems like a subject no one is really comfortable talking about.
Let me just say I really wish someone would have corrected me in my misguided perception. The very first time I breastfed Baby A it was painful. It felt like my nipple was going to be ripped off. He refused to open his mouth big enough to latch properly. No matter what I tried he always would just chomp on the very tip of my nipples causing them to crack. It was very painful but I was determined to breastfeed him no matter what. Eventually, I was able to see the hospital lactation consultant to help get a proper latch. She ended up giving me a nipple shield which was an absolute life saver well in this case nipple saver.
In the end, we flourished
I was able to breastfeed him without issue. It did hurt a tad bit for a week or so but that went away and my nipples healed with the assistance of nipple cream. I was so happy to be able to breastfeed my son and was super determined to nurse him as long as I could. We have had our problems and at one point I was worried that I wasn’t making enough milk. I hadn’t known that it was just my pump. A pump cannot accurately display how much milk you are producing at any given time. As it does not empty your breast out fully like having your infant nurse straight from your breast does.
Eventually, Baby A weaned off the nipple shield. I was so happy it felt like another accomplishment having him nurse without anything in between us. It took a lot of practice and trial and error to get the proper latch but in the end it turned out great. I am proud to say we are officially on month 15 of breastfeeding. It has been a long journey to get us where we are today. It was not an easy start but in the end, we flourished.
How was your breastfeeding experience for the very first time?