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baby: aug 20

I'm sleep deprived. and this is with baby having 2 sleep stretches during the day that are 4 hours or 5 hours long. However, she is nocturnal and so we need to figure out how to get those sleep stretches at night! or for me to sleep from 6 am to 2 pm.

That said, from what I understand, we have a relatively chill baby compared to other parents. No wonder other parents freak their shit the first few weeks.

Also, Andy dude. He took the night shift last night.

i have blood blisters on my left boob :(

Breastfeeding sucks. i have a personal goal of 6 weeks. If I can make it to then, then I'm going to be happy. It doesn't matter what the lactation-mafia thinks (thanks for the term, Eivind).
We have spent so much money on breastfeeding already! Renting a hospital grade pump, all the different breast feeding tools (latch assist, shields, nipple covers, bras, lactation consultant, milk cookies!).



Aug. 21st, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
Get it
Yep, what you wrote. I came out of the whole early parenting experience with a big hatred for La Leche League and all militant breastfeeding advocates, for their wholly unscientific claim that "Any woman CAN breastfeed exclusively! (and if it isn't working for you, then you aren't trying)".

I tried, and tried and tried to breastfeed exclusively. We started supplementing after a month since my son was clearly starving, but I kept trying: fenugreek, malt drinks, oatmeal, pumping, cluster feeding. You name it, we did it. It did not work.

I understand the benefits of breastfeeding, but they are not the be-all, end-all of motherhood or child health, and a child who is formula fed will be just fine.

Hang in there.
Aug. 23rd, 2014 08:58 am (UTC)
Re: Get it
Precisely this. "Anyone can" combined with "it has HUGE benefits for mother and child!" tends to combine and produce: "You must not be trying hard enough if it's not working so great for you - don't you care about what's best for your child ?" which is hardly a accepting message.

Breastfeeding is great. Piling on the shame of those women who either has practical problems getting it to work, or just plain don't want to, is however NOT GREAT.